Inside a Country House…

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So today I have some rooms to look at. From the sumptuous dining room and huge kitchen of a great country house like Charlecote Park, Warwickshire to the small but very pretty parlor of a Welsh cottage, it is amazing to see how much work would have gone in days gone by to make the tea (dinner) for the Welsh cottage let alone the huge evening dinner at the country house. Of course such large and elaborate meals would not have been possible without servants. Here is a list of positions within a typical country house, perhaps like Downton Abbey. There was a hierarchy within the houseΒ so we begin with:

The Upper Staff Hierarchy

The Butler

The Housekeeper

The Cook or Chef

The Ladies Maid or Valet

Followed by the Lower Staff:

First Footman

Second Footman

Head Nurse

Footman

Chambermaid

Parlor Maid

Housemaid

Between Maid

Nurse

Undercook

Scullery Maid

Laundry Maid

Pages or Tea Boy

And that is only the inside staff, there was another hierarchy for the lands and stables…

Which would you rather have, all those servants or just you and your fire and kettle?

Brit Tip: Many of the country houses we can now visit have kitchens that can be viewed, however if you visit the National Museum of Wales, St Fagans, near Cardiff you can see a whole range of cottages as they would have been from the 16th century to the 1960’s. It is a fascinating look at how modernization took place…

 
For more info see St Fagans hereΒ orΒ National TrustΒ info here.

 
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