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Manor House
"I will never, never, never come back to Manderston when this is finished -even with an invitation, because when I leave it, I shall be leaving my house." Sir John
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Lady Olliff Cooper
Sir John and Raj Singh on a walk

Sir John and Mr Raj Singh take a walk together

Manderston House

This week we say goodbye to Manderston House


Upstairs
Sir John loves his afternoons fishing on the lake
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Downstairs
The scullery maid spends her afternoons washing the pots and pans after lunch
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"I miss my mum, and my sister. My skin's coming up in blotches, and I don't get on with the chef. I don't know if I can hack it. I need a bath, my hair feels all icky..."
Lucy, scullery maid
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Episode Six: 'Winners and Losers'

With just a week to go until everyone has to leave the house it's time for reflection upstairs and a loosening of the rules downstairs. Sir John announces that there is to be a Servants' Ball to celebrate the end of their time in the house. This will be a unique opportunity for upstairs and downstairs to meet socially and would have traditionally involved the Lady of the house dancing with the butler and the Master dancing with the housekeeper. There are those downstairs that are determined to use the event as an opportunity to let the family know what they really think of them.

A Day at the Races
In the build up to the Ball, gambling fever overtakes the house. It's 1911 and gambling had become respectable in high society. The family go to the races and see their horse win. Meanwhile the servants are making a guy for the bonfire and fireworks that will take place on the same night as the Ball. The guy seems to bear an uncanny resemblance to Sir John.

The End of an Era
As the Edwardian era draws to a close we look forward to what the future might have held for the inhabitants of the house. For the young men things look bleak. The First World War claimed thousands of lives and deprived the country of a whole generation of its finest. By contrast the women of the house might face slightly better futures. There would be new employment opportunities for them and soon after the war a chance to vote and have their voice heard. The older members of staff, the butler and the housekeeper could look forward to being recipients of the very first state pensions. But these would be less than their wages and they would still have to depend on the generosity of their masters.

A Servants' Ball
The night of the Ball finally arrives and for the first time ever the male members of the family visit the downstairs part of the house. No sooner has Sir John and his family entered the servants' hall but chef launches into a personal attack on Sir John and complains bitterly that he has not been living like a true Edwardian as he was constantly demanding modern food. Sir John brushes him off and chef walks out of the dance. Everyone else is determined to have a good night and Sir John does dance with Mrs Davies and Mr Edgar the butler partners Lady Olliff-Cooper.

Leaving Manderston
Next morning the family is to leave the house while the servants leave the day after. At his final morning prayers Sir John is overcome with emotion and the whole family are clearly finding the wrench hard to bear. The lower servants remain unmoved during the lengthy goodbyes but there are tears when Morrison embraces her mistress and a big bear hug between Sir John and his steadfast retainer Edgar.

Left alone in the house the servants find their own ways of saying goodbye to Manderston. Becky the first housemaid decides to do something that she's never been able to do - she mops the hall floor one last time knowing that now the family has gone there's no one to walk over and ruin all her hard work. Charlie the first footman has always wanted to sit on the steps of the front door while others seem to have rather different priorities. Kenny the hallboy and Ellen the scullery maid are discovered in the Master's bed by Mr Edgar and Mrs Davies but what would not longer ago have been a sacking offence is now laughed off by all. Chef stops the clock in the kitchen and fittingly, just as Edgar was the first to arrive all those weeks ago, he is now the last to leave - having fulfilled his mission to honour grandparents by behaving as an Edwardian.

 


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