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"I feel that I should have been born in the past, and find it fascinating to think that people lived like this". Kelly, scullery maid
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The People: Kelly Squires

Edwardian Role: Scullery Maid
Age: 23
Home: Kent
Occupation: Office Worker

Life before Manor House
Kelly, an office worker, is a huge fan of history - she just loves visiting stately homes, and has often thought what it would have been like to live in one.

She comes into Manor House to replace Lucy the scullery maid, who only lasted two days on the job!

Although Kelly claims she's not frightened of hard work, it seems like she's accepted the hardest job in the house - will her view of life in a stately home be changed forever?

"I feel that I should have been born in the past, and find it fascinating to think that people lived like that, it was only 85 years ago that my Nan would have being doing a very similar job. The chance for me to step back in time is now within reach!"

Life in Manor House
The rules make it quite clear - a scullery maid should know her place. "As scullery maid you are the lowest ranking servant of all the female Staff. Positioned directly below the kitchen maid in order of seniority, you answer directly to her and the chef de cuisine who is head of the Kitchen Department."

It has been estimated that in Manor House, the scullery maid had to clean, scour and scrub over four hundred knives, forks, pots and pans every day. And all this was without washing-up liquid. All she had to work with was soda crystals - really hard on the hands.

The scullery maid had the smallest bedroom, ate with the hall boy on a separate table from the other servants, and would only ever be allowed upstairs for morning prayers

 


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