Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

28/9/2012

The REAL story of Britain’s servant class (and it wasn’t exactly Downton Abbey): New BBC series reveals what it was really like downstairs

They all look so jolly on television, forging friendships in the basement and occasionally nipping upstairs to lay the table or snuff out a candle.

But the truth of how most servants lived in Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century is a far cry from the soft-centred fiction portrayed in period dramas such as Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs and Gosford Park.

Clipping your master’s toenails, ironing his shoelaces, spending 17-hour days doing back-breaking work with no employment rights were just some of the realities facing servants in late Victorian and early Edwardian Britain, according to a new BBC series. for more click here

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