Life Below Stairs ~ Part Four: The Work Never Ends

Do you like Downton Abbey? Ever watched Upstairs Downstairs? What life is really like below stairs… it’s no garden party!

ReginaJeffers's Blog

 Word Wenches: The Well-dressed Maid. wordwenches.typepad.com
Word Wenches: The Well-dressed Maid.
wordwenches.typepad.com

Up before dawn, the servants of an aristocratic household found the work tedious. Likely, the lower servants worked two hours before he/she was permitted to sit to his own meager breakfast.

The kitchen maid began her day with lighting the cooking fire. To do so in a cast iron stove, she must first rake out the cinders and sweep the bars, the hobs, and the hearth free of dust. She would then clean the stove with a round-headed brush and black lead mixed with some water to make a “paste.”  When the black lead dried, it was polished with a special brush, which was designed to get into the groves of the ornamental work. At least one weekly, she also swept away the accumulated soot from the flues. Generally, she was expected to bring the cook the woman’s morning tea.

The housemaids began their…

View original post 726 more words

Advertisements

I am an artist, accountant and author living in western New York, transplanted from Denmark, Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania (in that order!) I love the beauty of the world and sharing it with others through jewelry, photography, digital painting and writing.

Posted in Travel

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow me on Bookbub!
FOLLOW ME ON BOOKBUB!
Categories

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,020 other followers

Follow Christy Jackson Nicholas, Author and Artist on WordPress.com
%d bloggers like this: