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Manor House
"History didn't all happen in the Dining Rooms of the great houses it seems as if as much happened in the Servants' Halls" Rob, second footman
THE PROJECT|THE HOUSE|THE PEOPLE|EDWARDIAN LIFE|YOU IN 1905|TREATS|SNOB QUIZ
Sir John Oliff-Cooper

Photograph of Edward VII - the last British Monarch to give his name to an era

Edward VII - the last British Monarch to give his name to an era

Photograph of Lloyd George - the Liberal Chancellor of the Exchequer who took on the House of Lords

Lloyd George - the Liberal Chancellor of the Exchequer who took on the House of Lords

Upstairs
If by chance you meet a Lower Servant, you should walk past, leaving them un-noticed... you will spare them the shame of explaining their presence
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Downstairs
Lower Servants: if you meet one of your betters in the house, endeavour to make yourself invisible – 'give room', turn your back, and avert your eyes
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"I really don't have problem with having servants...if I'm not being served, they don't have a job. This is absolutely magnificent. I'm enjoying it."
Sir John Olliff-Cooper
Edwardian Life

The Edwardian era corresponds with the reign of King Edward VII in Great Britain, whose short-lived governance (1901-1910) came after Victoria's long reign and preceded the modern House of Windsor in England. The era was an historical moment of tremendous technological and social change...
Further Introduction to the Edwardian Era

Britain in 1905
Royalty and Empire - What sort of king was Edward VII?
Politics - The Labour Party - who?
The Suffragettes - What were they fighting for?
Timeline - Britain from 1905 to 1914.

In a Country House
Sex and Marriage - How naughty were the Edwardians?
Dressing Up - The hot looks of 1905.
Leisure Time - Hunting, shooting, fishing...
Food - Fancy an Edwardian diet?
A Typical Day in the House - An hour by hour guide.
Servants Wages - How much?

House Rules - Upstairs
Advice for the Master and Mistress - An owner's guide to Manderston.
How to Treat your Servants - A guide for the whole family.
Advice for an Edwardian Lady - A few etiquette tips...
Family Mealtimes - A life regulated by the dinner gong.

House Rules - Downstairs
Servants' Rules - Just a couple of things to remember.
How to Address the Family - A guide to speaking to your betters.
Servants' Mealtimes - Who not to sit next to, who not to talk to...

 

 


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