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!
A GUIDE TO VICTORIAN SERVANTS
* 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.