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Manor House Lady Olliff-Cooper
"I do think it will take time to get over my guilt at having people to do things for me, but how will I ever return to the grind of normality?" Lady Olliff Cooper
Lady Olliff-Cooper
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Lady Olliff-Cooper

Watch the video diaries

Anna: On Entering the House

Lady Olliff Cooper's Day

Miss Morrison the lady's maid helps Lady Oliff-Cooper into her corset
Miss Morrison the lady's maid helps Lady Oliff-Cooper into her corset

Edwardian Life

An Owner's Guide to life in Manderston House

A Typical Day in the House

How to talk to your servants

Upstairs
Downstairs
The People: Anna Olliff-Cooper

Edwardian Role: Lady Olliff-Cooper
Age: 52
Home: New Forest
Occupation: Part-time Casualty Doctor

Life before Manor House
A Casualty doctor at Southampton General Hospital, Anna is also studying Humanities with the Open University, which she will put on hold whilst living in the Edwardian Country House. She has been married to John for eleven years and together they have a nine year old son, Guy.

As a child Anna learnt to ride, sketch, embroider, sew and make lace, skills she rekindles as Lady of Manor House. Anna's unmarried sister Avril joins the Olliff-Cooper family in the house as Anna's companion. Anna's eighteen-year-old son Jonty will also join her in the house.

"I do think it would take time to get over my guilt at having people to do things for me, but having adapted to a life of pleasure and leisure, how would I ever return to the grind of normality?"

Life in Manor House
According to the house rules, "As Mistress your first duty is to the Master of the House. You should respect his word as final and support him in all he does. You should endeavour to enhance the position and good name of your family, and with the assistance of your Sister and the housekeeper run an ordered and happy household. Your Family are new to this part of the country and it is important for you to establish a good reputation, and position in society. Your Servants will want you to be successful in this, as your status is now a direct reflection upon theirs."

"Having made his fortune as a carpet merchant and in other related industries, your husband had Manderston erected as your Country Seat upon being bestowed the title of Baronet. It was built to be a source of pleasure for your Family and Guests, and not as a full working estate."

Anna, in her guise as Lady Olliff-Cooper, will be expected to look beautiful at all times, and will need her lady's maid in order to change dresses up to six times a day!

 


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