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Hey, All! So, after a long absence, I am ready to dive back into this. I have been writing a lot lately... it's so nice to be out of school. It gives me more time to think about my stories. So, after a long absence, I am ready to dive back into this. I have … Continue reading Keep on Writing


The Servant Hierarchy

Helpful for Writing historical fiction stories….


This post is very much overdue! Besides the fact that this particular post should really get an airing before I finish the last part of Genre which will discuss the social country house, I find I’ve not included a plain and simple breakdown of the country house servant hierarchy! That’s without a mention of the incredibly persuasive Downton Abbey….

Therefore, the following is a list of servants predominantly from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, and a very brief note of duties for those respective positions.

I have included an average of annual wages or salaries for positions throughout the centuries where possible* taking into account rising costs, but it is important to note that these could be vastly different between houses, and the demands of particular families.  I have omitted references to other allowances such as beer, general perquisites like clothing or livery and board wages (a sum…

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