High life below Stairs

Author: James Townley

Publisher: N.A



Page: 167

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Below Stairs

Author: Margaret Powell

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447200403

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 9778

Arriving at the great houses of 1920s London, fifteen-year-old Margaret’s life in service was about to begin... As a kitchen maid – the lowest of the low – she entered an entirely new world; one of stoves to be blacked, vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and even bootlaces to be ironed. Work started at 5.30am and went on until after dark. It was a far cry from her childhood on the beaches of Hove, where money and food were scarce, but warmth and laughter never were. Yet from the gentleman with a penchant for stroking the housemaids’ curlers, to raucous tea-dances with errand boys, to the heartbreaking story of Agnes the pregnant under-parlourmaid, fired for being seduced by her mistress’s nephew, Margaret’s tales of her time in service are told with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye for the prejudices of her situation. Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants, Below Stairs is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman, who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high. 'Enormous gusto, salty humour, wisdom' Evening Standard 'Shrewd, unabashed, wickedly funny, a unique front-line report of her life's experiences' Jack De Manio, BBC

Below Stairs

Author: Jack Swift

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1409209008


Page: 303

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"I opened a newspaper one day and saw an advertisement: 'Buckingham Palace Summer Opening of the State Rooms 1999'. Before even finishing my cursory glance, I had decided that it was me: the big 'Buckingham Palace' in heavy black type crowned by the royal coat of arms did it for me. I sent off my application and magically I was invited to an interview within a week." In 1999 Jack Swift worked for the Royal Household, initially as a Buckingham Palace warden during the Summer Opening and then as a footman. His book, 'Below Stairs', uses his experiences during this time as a vehicle from which to launch the main character, Jason Right, and his story.

Life Below Stairs

Author: Alison Maloney

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250023122

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 5277

UPSTAIRS, an Edwardian home would have been a picture of elegance and calm, adorned with social gatherings and extravagantly envisioned dinner parties. DOWNSTAIRS, it was a hive of domestic activity, supported by a body of staff painstakingly devoted to ensuring the smooth running of the household. Brimming with family secrets, society scandal, and of course elaborate parties, dresses, and social customs, the world of an aristocratic Edwardian household as depicted on the hit show Downton Abbey has captivated millions. But what was life really like for the people who kept such a household running: the servants? In Life Below Stairs, international bestselling author Alison Maloney takes readers behind the scenes to reveal a lively and colorful picture of what went on "downstairs," describing servants' daily life in this now-vanished world. Detailing everything from household structure, pay and conditions, special duties, and rules and regulations, to perks, entertainment, and even romance, Maloney examines the drudgery and hardships below stairs, as well as the rewards and pleasures. Thoroughly researched and reliably informed, this charmingly illustrated volume also contains first-hand stories from the staff of the time, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the lifestyle and conduct of a bygone era.

Death Below Stairs

Author: Jennifer Ashley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399585524

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 3197

Victorian class lines are crossed when cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a murder that reaches all the way to the throne. Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family’s eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered. Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin’s unconventional sister-in-law and a mathematical genius, Kat and Daniel discover that the household murder was the barest tip of a plot rife with danger and treason—one that’s a threat to Queen Victoria herself.

A Life Below Stairs

Author: Colin Jones

Publisher: ShieldCrest

ISBN: 1907629475

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 81

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This my second book on the life story of my favourite aunt was then conceived and it has been a joy to recall the many, often repeated, stories she told me of her life over the period when I knew her from 1944 to 1976. She was renowned in the family for her character, extravagance, and generosity. These stories were of course principally the verbal CV she had rehearsed over many years for interviews which she experienced as she worked her way through the kitchens of the aristocracy during the declining years of household service in the late 19th and early half of the 20th centuries. The only time in her life about which she was reticent was the time between1893 and 1910 when she worked at 4 Carlton House Terrace the London home of Prince George and Princess Mary later King George V and Queen Mary. This largely forgotten about London home was of course only used when their Royal Highnesses were in London on official business. They much preferred their cottage on the Sandringham Estate where the children were based. Her only references to this period were recalling Queen Victoria passing in her open carriage in the Mall below holding a white parasol on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Her rising from kitchen maid to cook, her training at the nearby Ritz Carlton under the famous Chef, Escoffier, where he followed her into the walk-in refrigerator and she slapped him around the face! Her sole other reference was preparing Queen Mary's supper tray. Though she did not reveal she must have performed this task on many occasions as she rose in the household to head kitchen maid. In 1907 she cooked her first dinner for the household, the menu of which she kept as a memento. This reticence was obviously the result of the confidentiality to which she had been sworn at the beginning of her career and explained her disgust in the 1960's when Crawfie wrote her infamous book on the early lives of the two Princesses. During the 1920's she started to rent a small London flat to use as a base. This was initially in Gatliffe buildings opposite the Chelsea Pensioners home for old soldiers, she later was moved by the London County Council to Churchill Gardens before coming to live with my family. I have included a chapter on local history at the end since this is where the story began apart from the Welsh prelude.

High life below stairs

Author: Mrs. Inchbald

Publisher: N.A


Category: Drama

Page: N.A

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High-Life below Stairs

Author: David Garrick

Publisher: N.A



Page: 32

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