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  • It has been arranged for you to be woken at eight o'clock by the First Housemaid who will bring you up your Breakfast tray, and any correspondence.

  • At half-past eight the First Housemaid will assist you with your hair and help you dress. Should the Mistress no longer have need of her Lady's Maid at this time, she may instruct her to assist you.

  • It is customary for the Master to conduct Family Prayers in the Main Hall at a quarter-past nine. The entire Household is expected to attend.

  • Breakfast will be served in the Dining Room at half-past nine. As at all mealtimes, you may sit where the Master and Mistress recommend.

  • At ten o'clock the Housekeeper and the Chef de Cuisine will expect to meet the Mistress and yourself in the Morning Room to discuss the menus for Luncheon and Dinner and any further specific arrangements for the day.

  • Depending upon the wishes of the Master and Mistress it may be that the rest of your day is occupied with looking after your youngest nephew.

  • Luncheon will be served in the Dining Room at one o'clock.


  • At five o'clock it has been arranged for Afternoon Tea to be served in the Drawing Room or in the Tea Room.

  • At seven o'clock the Butler will ring the gong to signal that it is time to dress for Dinner. The First Housemaid should be available to assist you.

  • Dinner will be served at eight o'clock.

  • After Dinner it is customary for the Ladies to retire to the Drawing Room.

  • The Lady's Maid or First Housemaid should be available to help you undress when you chose to retire to bed.


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