Thursday, July 26

History : Domestic Servants

To be ‘in service’ involved hard work, very little time off and was not well paid, but generally it was a secure job, and live-in servants could be sure of a roof over their heads and food to eat.

Domestic servants were divided into upper and lower classes

Upper Servants
Butler, Footman, Governess, Skilled Cook, Housekeeper, Senior parlour-maid, Head house-maid and Lady's maid,

Lower Servants
Scullery-maid, Kitchen-maid, Laundress, Nursemaid, Housemaid, Stable-boy

Only wealthy persons employed male domestics since there was a servant tax on them.

3 comments:

Nonesuch Ra said...

Indeed, Miss Jewell..it is shocking what a mere Stable-boy can cost a person! One is almost tempted to employ unstable ones, and indeed I might be so tempted, but for the fear that it should Not Turn Out Well

Gabrielle Riel said...

Dear Miss Jewell,
I am always looking for competent domestic staff, and you indeed seem to be a Maid that is knowledgeable in your field.

If you ever are seeking a position, please feel free to contact me.

Her Grace, Gabrielle Riel
The Duchess of Carntaigh

Jenyca Jewell said...

Mr Ra.. but as you are well aware, to be "Downstairs" it helps that you are unstable with the amount of work that is expected from you.

Your Grace,
Many kind thanks for the position of employ.

As Lord Smythe-Kurkin is due back any time, I would not like to accept your gracious offer and let you down.

I shall keep you informed should the situation change.

Thank you once again.

 
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