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Who's who in your dolls' house?

22 March 2013

Flicking through some web pages about Victorian England, we spotted this blog about everyone who might live in a grand house.

So whether you're a fan of Downton or the late, lamented Upstairs Downstairs, this guide - borrowed from the BBC - might help.

It deals with those who live "below stairs" but may give some characters to provide inspiration for you!

We've added some links to help you visualise our suggestions!


* The butler - in charge of the house, coachmen, footmen and wine cellar.
* The housekeeper - responsible for the housemaids and carried keys to the china and linen cupboards.
* The ladies maid - the mistress of the house's personal attendant, helping her dress and do her hair.
* The valet - the master's manservant, attending to his requests and preparing his clothes and shaving tools.
* The cook - ran the kitchen and larder, overseeing the kitchen, dairy and scullery maids.
* The governess - educated and cared for the children.
* The hallboy - worked 16-hour days, lighting all the lamps and candles and polishing the staff boots.
* The tweeny - in-between stairs maid earned £13 a year, worked seven days a week from 5am-10pm.

New Upstairs Downstairs series features Dolls House Emporium favourite

20 February 2012

The smash hit revival of legendary drama Upstairs Downstairs has a new star of the screen for its second series this springtime – a Montgomery Hall from The Dolls House Emporium.
The production office for the show called prior to their autumn filming looking for a grand dolls’ house for 165 Eaton Place, where all the action takes place.

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Last night's show

The Dolls House Emporium at Ripley regularly loans houses and miniature accessories to production companies who need something a little different for their advert, film or music video.
Of course, we were happy to loan a Montgomery Hall and its basement, which together stand almost 4ft tall – and fit in beautifully with the ambience of Eaton Place.
The show itself follows the fortunes of a diplomat's family and their servants in the grand London townhouse. The new series will “begin” in 1938 and span the months leading up to the outbreak of World War II.

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Our first view of Montgomery Hall last night!

The six new 60-minute episodes began filming in October and started broadcasting on BBC1 this month.

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Close up shot!

Montgomery Hall is already featured in the Darwin children's nursery in the film 'Creation' and as part of the Coutts & Co bank Christmas window display in the heart of London - and now has more credentials to add to its CV. One recent success was with Asprey’s jewellers, which used tiny furniture to display their finest gems.
Around thirty 1:12 scale Dolls’ houses are available for hire from The Dolls House Emporium with designs including Mackintosh, Lutyens, Georgian, Victorian, 1930’s, Art Deco, contemporary, shops and children’s models.
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