Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant

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Country houses were reliant on an intricate hierarchy of servants, each of whom provided an essential skill. Up and Down Stairs brings to life this hierarchy and shows how large numbers of people lived together under strict segregation and how sometimes this segregation was broken, as with the famous marriage of a squire to his dairymaid at Uppark. Jeremy Musson captures the voices of the servants who ran these vast houses, and made them work. From unpublished memoirs to letters, wages, newspaper articles, he pieces together their daily lives from the Middle Ages through to the twentieth century.

The story of domestic servants is inseparable from the story of the country house as an icon of power, civilisation and luxury. This is particularly true with the great estates such as Chatsworth, Hatfield, Burghley and Wilton. Jeremy Musson looks at how these grand houses were, for centuries, admired and imitated around the world.

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About the author

Jeremy Musson is an architectural historian and has been Architectural Editor of Country Life for many years. In his work, Jeremy has always been committed to engaging a wider public to the glories of historic buildings and to exploring the influence of ideas about the past and preservation. He has written and edited hundreds of articles on historic country houses, from Garsington Manor to Knebworth House. He also presented Curious House Guest on BBC2 and is the author of two books, including How to Read a Country House. Jeremy is married with two children.
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Publisher
John Murray
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Published on
Nov 12, 2009
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781848543874
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Language
English
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Genres
History / General
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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