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SERVANTS - A Downstairs View of Twentieth-century Britain by Lucy Lethbridge AUTHOR OF THE WEEK

SERVANTS - A Downstairs View of Twentieth-century Britain by Lucy Lethbridge AUTHOR OF THE WEEK

Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey have given us a skewed view of what it was like to be in service in the late Victorian, early Edwardian period.

In grand houses, servants turned their faces to the wall when their masters walked by.

The work was gruelling and poorly paid, you were up before dawn and couldn't go to be until master was in bed - woe betide you if they fancied a party.

But at least in the big houses you ate well. Worst off were the servants to middle class families who couldn't really afford them but wouldn't do without them for social reasons.

Lucy Lethbridge gives us the view behind the green baize door in her fascinating book: Servants: A Downstairs View of 20th Century Britain.

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