- Publisher: SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
- Format: Paperback | 32 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 202mm x 4mm | 68g
- Publication date: 4 March 2008
- Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
- ISBN 10: 0747803684
- ISBN 13: 9780747803683
- Illustrations note: ills.
- Sales rank: 112,266
In 1851 there were over one million servants in Britain, making domestic service the second largest occupational group after agriculture. The range of people who kept servants was vast, from aristocrats to the lower middle class families who employed a single 'maid of all work'. This book covers the whole range of domestic service in the nineteenth century, describing the work and conditions of servants and giving an insight into the strict social hierarchy, which was strong 'below stairs' as above.
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Trevor May was educated at the universities of London and Exeter and has spent much of his life in teacher training, as principal lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, formerly Hatfield Polytechnic. he is the author of more than a dozen books on economic and social history including for Shire 'The Victorian Railway Worker', 'The Victorian Schoolroom', 'The Victorian Clergyman', 'The Victorian Workhouse' and 'The Victorian Undertaker'
Table of contents
The recruitment of servants; Pay and conditions; The work of male servants; The work of female servants' Kitchen and laundry' The decline of domestic service; further reading and places to visit.