Books

What the Butler Winked At

Whenever I purchase or borrow a new book about the Edwardian period, the first thing I do is flip to the back to check the sources. Juliet Nicholson’s The Perfect Summer did not have a bibliography, but she did quote extensively from Eric Horne’s memoirs, What the Butler Winked At. However, this book was very …

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Occupations

General Servant’s Time-Table in Edwardian England

Daily Work in a seven-roomed house Family – Master, mistress, and one child 6 a.m. – Rise, light kitchen fire, fill kettles, clean boots, sweep hall and steps. Sweep, and light dining-room fire, call family, and take hot water. Help mistress to lay table, and prepare breakfast. 8 a.m. – Have kitchen breakfast while family …

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