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"Servants should never offer any opinion to their employers, nor even to say good night or good morning except in reply to salutation" House Rules
THE PROJECT|THE HOUSE|THE PEOPLE|EDWARDIAN LIFE|YOU IN 1905|TREATS|SNOB QUIZ
Antonia, the kitchen maid
Photograph of Sir John and Lady Olliff-Cooper

Lady Oliff-Cooper and Sir John - that's 'Sir' and 'My Lady' to the servants


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"We like our food more sanitised nowadays, we like it plastic wrapped from the supermarket, with no noticeable resemblance to animals."
Lady Olliff-Cooper
Lucy
Edwardian Life:
How to Address the Family

How Servants Should Address their Masters and Fellow Servants

  • The Master and Mistress of the House should be addressed as "Sir" and "My Lady" respectively.


  • The eldest son should be addressed as "Mister Jonathan" and the youngest son as "Master Guy".


  • Miss Anson will be addressed as "Miss Anson".


  • When speaking or corresponding with a third party, they should be referred to as "Sir John", "Lady Olliff-Cooper", "Mister Olliff-Cooper", "Master Olliff-Cooper" and "Miss Anson".


  • All Guests should be greeted either by title and Family name, or as "Sir" or "Madam".


  • The Butler should be given the title of "Mr. ~", and addressed as such.


  • The Housekeeper is given the title of "Missus ~", and should be addressed as such, regardless of her marital status.


  • The Chef de Cuisine should always be addressed as "Sir" or "Monsieur ~".


  • The Lady's Maid is given the title of "Miss ~", and will be addressed as such, regardless of her marital status.


  • The Tutor is given the title of "Mr ~", and should be addressed as such.


  • All other Servants should be addressed by their own Christian names.


 

 


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