A spicery was the office in a medieval or Renaissance[1] household responsible for spices, as well as the room in which the spices were kept. It was headed by a spicerer. The office was subordinated to the kitchen or the wardrobe, and existed as a separate office only in larger households. It was closely connected with other offices of the kitchen, such as the saucery and the scullery.[2] The term is largely obsolete today, and if used at all is more often simply a synonym for spices.[3]


  1. ^ Cavendish, George (1962). The Life of Cardinal Woolsey. Folio Society. p. 46.
  2. ^ Woolgar, C. M. (1999). The Great Household in Late Medieval England. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. pp. 111, 144. ISBN 0-300-07687-8.
  3. ^ "spicery". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 2008-01-19.