Life Below Stairs
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Life Below Stairs : in the Victorian and Edwardian Country House

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The largely untold stories of innumerable, rather humble, lives spent `in service' are lying just below the surface of many great houses; the physical evidence can be seen in surviving servants' quarters, the material of their everyday life, even their uniforms and possessions.



This account provides a fascinating glimpse at who's who behind the scenes, from the cook, butler and housekeeper to the footmen, lady's maids, governesses and tutors, nannies and nursemaids. Giving a fascinating insight into the heirarchy within the servant's quarters - from the power-wielding cook to the ever-discreet butler - this guide describes how relationships were forged and changed as the gap between upstairs and downstairs was bridged.



Describing their typical working day as well as the holidays, entertainments and pastimes enjoyed on a rare day off, not to mention the whirl of the social season, this previously `unwritten history' recalls vividly the nature of their lives below stairs.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 860g
  • National Trust Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 200 colour
  • 1907892117
  • 9781907892110
  • 291,851

About Sian Evans

Sian Evans is a cultural historian who has worked for the National Trust, The Victoria & Albert Museum and the Design Museum. She is author of The Manor Reborn, Ghosts:Mysterious Tales from the National Trust and Life Below Stairs, all published by the National Trust.
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