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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: Daily Duties

Morning Duties

  • You must rise at six o'clock and wash and dress.

  • Your bed must be made and you must make your way over to the house and be ready to work within half an hour of waking.

  • Your first task of the day is to clean the boots of the Upper Servants and Family members. You should collect them last thing the night before. The Butler, Chef and Housekeeper are all to rise at seven o'clock so their boots need to be returned to their rooms by this time. Family members will be rising from eight o'clock.

  • You must then empty the chamber pots of all the male Servants, and wash them around with a soaked rag kept for that purpose.

  • At a quarter-to eight you should lay the table in the Servants' Hall for Breakfast.

  • Breakfast is served in the Servants' Hall at a quarter-past eight.

  • It is compulsory for all members of Staff to attend Family prayers in the Main Hall at a quarter-past nine.

  • Your duties resume at half-past nine when you should take the young Master of the house and his Tutor Breakfast in the School Room.

  • On going tasks throughout the day: You should run any errands for other Servants, assist the Scullery Maid and Second Housemaid with their cleaning duties in the Servants' Quarters, and lend assistance to the Groom and the Footmen should they require it.

  • At half-past ten you should lay the table in the Servants' Hall for tea.

  • At eleven o'clock the young Master of the house needs to be brought milk and biscuits in the School Room. Tea is also served in the Servants' Hall. The Butler will have just had his daily meeting with the Master of the house, so you should await any specific orders from him.

  • At a quarter-past eleven you must resume your duties. You should lay the table in the Servants' Hall and Pugs' Parlour for the Servants' Dinner at Midday.

  • At Midday Dinner is served in the Servants' Hall. You are responsible for ringing the bell to signal the beginning of Dinner, and should wait at table, bringing the food to the table, and clearing away the dishes after each course.

      Afternoon Duties

  • At one o'clock you should resume your ongoing duties.

  • Providing you have no outstanding urgent duties to attend to, between half-past two and half-past three is available for your leisure.

  • At half-past three you should lay the table in the Servants' Hall for Tea.

  • At four o'clock the youngest son needs to be brought his Afternoon Tea in the School Room. Tea is also served in the Servants' Hall at four o'clock. You should clear the table afterwards.

  • At seven o'clock you should take the young Master of the house and the Tutor their Dinner in the School Room, unless they are dining with the Family.

  • At eight o'clock depending on how many people are dining, the Butler and Footman may require your assistance with taking food up from the Kitchen to the Dining Room.

  • At nine o'clock you should lay the table for the Servants' Supper. Supper is served in the Servants' Hall at half-past nine. As was the case at Dinnertime you must wait table and clear the dishes away between courses.

  • The remaining part of the evening can be spent at your leisure, until just before you retire to bed. You final duty of the day is to collect the boots of the Family and Upper Staff so that you can clean them again first thing in the morning.

 


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