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Manor House Ken Skelton
"When you see films like Titanic, you want to smell the smells and to know what that flat beer really tastes like. I'll can do that now - and I like maids." Kenny, hallboy
Ken Skelton
THE PROJECT|THE HOUSE|THE PEOPLE|EDWARDIAN LIFE|YOU IN 1905|TREATS|SNOB QUIZ
Ken Skelton

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The hallboy is expected to do anything he is asked, including plucking ducks...
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Upstairs
Downstairs
The People: Ken Skelton

Edwardian Role: Hallboy
Age: 18
Home: Stoke-on-Trent
Occupation: Care Worker

Life before Manor House
Kenny lives with his parents and works in an old people's home looking after people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and senile dementia. 'It's hard work and can be stressful. The pay's not much but it's very worthwhile,' he says.

He enjoys tap dancing and fishing. "When you see films like Titanic, you want to smell the smells and to know what that flat beer really tastes like. I'll can do that now - and I like maids."

Life in Manor House
Other than the scullery maid, the hallboy's position is the lowest in the house, so Kenny has got his work cut out. And hallboys like Kenny were expected to work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Time off in Manor House is purely at the discretion of the master, Sir John, as it would have been in 1905, when domestic servants had no legal rights to control their working hours.

In terms of the hierarchy, the rules state "As Hallboy, you are a young apprentice, the most junior member of the male Staff. Your direct counterpart in the female hierarchy is the scullery maid. Positioned directly below the second footman in order of seniority, you should look up to him, the butler and first footman, to learn the skills of their trade, and should expect each of them to delegate tasks to you."

 


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