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The Complete Servant

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First published 1825. A fascinating source of social history and a guide to backstairs living in both large and modest houses of the late Georgian era. Advice to employers and their servants from an ex-butler and an ex-housekeeper, dealing not only with the kitchen but also with the house, stables and garden, and with an unusual section on menservants' duties over a period ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Equinox Publishing (Indonesia) (first published 1826)
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Sophie Turner
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely amazing book for research. Not only are the descriptions of the various roles for servants -- by people who actually worked in service -- incredibly valuable, but there are also recipes not only for the cook, but also for the still-room, sick-room, etc. I found it fascinating how many things there were listed in the recipes that I hadn't heard of, and how many of them are known to be poisonous or toxic today. I love it when I can find a book that fills in the gaps of my kn ...more
Kressel Housman
May 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
When I was working on my own Jane Austen fanfic, which focused on the Pemberley servants, this book was recommended as a primary source for my research. It was written circa 1825 by a husband and wife who were the highest-ranking servants in their household. They wrote it as a practical guide for people seeking work as servants. Each chapter describes the different positions and the jobs required in each. The introduction with general advice was especially useful for me, but my favorite part was ...more
Louise Culmer
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Published in 1825, this is a fascinating book written by a couple who had been in service for many years, which describes the duties and salaries of all different grades of servants of both sexes. THe book opens with a helpful guide to how many servants you could expect to employ depending on your income. At the lowest end of the scale, a widow or other unmarried lady with £100 a year could employ a young maid servant, at a salary from 5 to 10 Guineas a year. a Gentleman and Lady without childre ...more
Julian Griffith
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every Regency writer NEEDS TO READ THIS.

It's not just advice for servants and explanations of their duties, although that in itself is brilliant. But it has recipes, and weights and measures, and HACKNEY FARES IN LONDON including a table of fares from the major theaters to various locations, and information on the London post, and where the mail-coaches leave from for outlying parts... THIS IS YOUR SECRET WEAPON FOR AUTHENTICITY.

note: free on Google Books.
Stevie Carroll
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very comprehensive guide to the servants required in Georgian houses of all sizes. Recipes for all manner of dishes and cleaning stuffs are included too.
Punkrockprincess768
Jan 28, 2013 marked it as to-read
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Goes through roles very well in detail, great for historical bits on service
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