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From a humble cottage to a stately home.
by Ken Doel
Ken Doel's story is one of stark contrasts - from a humble childhood spent in the small village of Horningsham on the Longleat Estate, Wiltshire, living in a gamekeeper's cottage, when there were no mod-cons or luxuries, and the greatest expectation was an annual trip by charabanc to the seaside; to his teenage days, learning the etiquette of a gentleman's gentleman during ...more
Published July 1st 1988 by Wylye Valley Publications
(first published 1988)
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It has been my privilege and pleasure to talk to many of Warminster's senior citizens, tape-recording their anecdotes and reminiscences for posterity. These recordings, covering many walks of life, now form the basis of an ever-growing sound-archive. Included among them are the words of Ken Doel, who was able to relate to me some of his experiences as a school-leaver working in gentlemen’s service below stairs in six upper-class homes before the Second World War. I so enjoyed Ken’s conversation ...more