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"All I seem to do is clean knives and forks and glass all day every day and carry things upstairs and downstairs again...!" Rob, second footman
Rob Daly
THE PROJECT|THE HOUSE|THE PEOPLE|EDWARDIAN LIFE|YOU IN 1905|TREATS|SNOB QUIZ
Rob Daly

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Rob: On Entering the House

The footmen in their smart uniforms are expected to bring glamour to the household
The footmen in their smart uniforms are expected to bring glamour to the household

Edwardian Life

A Typical Day in the House

How to Address the Family

Upstairs
Downstairs
The People: Rob Daly

The Second Footman: Daily Duties

Morning Duties

  • You must rise at half past six and wash and dress in your Morning Livery.

  • Your bed must be made and you must be ready to work within half an hour of waking.

  • You will wake the Chef with a cup of tea at seven o'clock.

  • 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 will all 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 wear an apron to protect your Livery.

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

  • At eight o'clock you must wake the Tutor with a cup of tea and the youngest son of the house, assisting him to wash and dress.

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

  • It is compulsory for all members of Staff to attend Morning prayers in the Main Hall at a quarter-past nine. You should be attired in your full Morning Livery.

  • Your duties resume at nine o'clock when you should take the young Master of the house and his Tutor Breakfast in the School Room. You are the sole person on duty to answer the door while the Butler and First Footman serve the Family Breakfast.

  • At around ten o'clock you must assist the First Footman in clearing the table after the Family Breakfast and cleaning the plate and glass. Under the Butler's supervision all plate should be counted back into the safe and all glass checked for damage.

  • Even when you are occupied with cleaning duties, you and the First Footman remain on call to answer the door to visitors or to go out in the carriage. For both these tasks you must be attired in your full Morning Livery.

  • When accompanying the carriage on visits no "furious arriving" is permitted. Small sharp knocks to the door are preferred to exaggerated behaviour which brings no credit to the Family.

  • At eleven o'clock the young Master of the house will expect you to bring milk and to 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 the Housekeeper's Room (Pugs' Parlour) for the Servants' Dinner at Midday. You should always be prepared to answer the door should visitors call.

  • At Midday Dinner is served in the Servants' Hall. You are responsible for ringing a hand bell to indicate that Dinner is ready to be served. During Dinner you will wait at table, taking the plates round to each servant in order of precedence. It is your job to clear away the dishes after each course.

Afternoon Duties

  • At one o'clock you may be required to assist the Butler and First Footman in serving Luncheon to the Family.

  • You and the First Footman are responsible for clearing the table after the Family Luncheon and cleaning the glass and plate. Under the Butler's supervision all plate should be counted back into the safe and all glass checked for damage.

  • The duty for answering the door in the afternoon is to be organised by the Butler on a rotation basis between himself, the First Footman and you. This will allow each of you a certain amount of leisure time between half-past two and four o'clock several times a week. However, you must always be available for duty on any occasion that Family members want you to accompany them on errands, visits, or coach rides.

  • At four o'clock the youngest son will expect you to bring his Afternoon Tea to the School Room. Tea is also served in the Servants' Hall at four o'clock.

  • At five o'clock, you and the First Footman must bring Afternoon Tea to the Family in the Drawing room. They may require you to serve them, or prefer to serve themselves. In either instance you must remain in attendance should they require assistance.

  • After cleaning any glass or plate used at Tea, you must change into your full evening livery.

  • At six o'clock you should assist the First Footman in laying the table for Family Dinner. You should always be on attendance to answer the door should any Guests arrive.

  • At seven o'clock you should take the young Master of the house and the Tutor their Dinner in the School Room. The Tutor may occasionally be invited to Dine with the family, in which instance you may have to attend to the young Master while he has his Dinner - and put him to bed.

  • At eight o'clock depending on how many people are dining, the Butler and First Footman may require your assistance to wait on the Family at Dinner.

  • Both you and the First Footman must clean the plate and glass after Dinner. Under the Butler's supervision all plate should be counted back into the safe and all glass checked for damage.

  • 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 Dinner, you must wait table and clear the dishes away between courses.

  • The remaining part of the evening can be spent at your leisure. Your final duty of the day is to collect the boots of the Family and Upper Staff so that you can clean them first thing in the morning.

 


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