Engagement of servants

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  1. Daft Bat

    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    An interesting article about the engagement of Edwardian servants:

    http://www.
    edwardianpromenade.com/occupations/the-engagement-of-servants/
     
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    Doug Administrator. The Main Man. Staff Member

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    Thanks Jan.
     
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    gillyflower Always caring about others

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    Well, that's made a great way to delay the start of the day's tasks! (I refuse to mention the hou.....k word)
    Thanks, I feel much better now.
    Sandra
     
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    burt Where there's a will there's a way!

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    That article was very informative.
    I have often wondered just how it is that persons gained employ some 50 +
    years before this. Employment of household servants was at an high and yet
    quite a proportion of them could not read or write. They therefore could not
    read adverts or place them themselves. The key I think maybe their parish
    priest. I know my mother obtained her first position in service via the Rector
    of the parish, going into service with the Dean of Lincoln. My great grand-
    father on my paternal line from near Alton in Hampshire had his first job as
    a gardener in Essex. Many took positions many miles from their home. Has
    anybody any thought on this.
    Gerald
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Hi Gerald,

    Quite often, if a servant was good, enquiries were often made as to whether there were any others with a similar background and values. It may be that a sister of the servant was sent for - or a friend who could be vouched for.

    Just one way of procuring more staff.
     
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    The Artful Dodger Dodging, ducking and diving

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    In the 1881 census, my great-grandmother was an Under-Laundress at the Union Hotel in Penzance. She was acquired on the 'suggestion' of her Aunt who was head Laundress at the Hotel.

    In 1871 said Aunt was an Under-Chambermaid at the Angel Hotel in Helston so obviously worked her way up the servant ranks.

    In 1882 she left the Hotel and in early 1883 she married my great-grandfather and they had 7 children.
     
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    I know that Agricultural Labourers could find jobs by attending Labour Fairs where, would be employers and would be employees could meet, so I'm thinking perhaps Gardeners could find jobs at those Labour Fairs also and possibly Servants too.
     
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