Were the servants (like those in Downton Abbey) paid very much, or at all?
And what was the average for time off?
- Of course they were paid, you incredibly stupid dipshit.00
- Yes, they were paid. I doubt they were given much time off. Wages are listed below.
- Yes, they were paid. Life in service was a big step up from the more common "agricultural labourer."00
- on those days servants was payed very little00
- Servants were not paid a huge amount, but they did get board and lodging as part of their wages, and for many people that was an advantage, not having to worry about paying for food or rent. Senior servants got paid more than junior servants, butler, housekeeper, cook, lady's maid, valet, would all earn more than a housemaid or kitchenmaid or footman. Men's salaries were generally higher than women's, so a footman would earn more than housemaid for instance. There was a tax on male servants, so they were more costly to employ than women. Servants would receive tips from visitors or guests to the house, which was another source of income. There were other perks - in some households hall boys were allowed to collect the empty wine bottles and sell them to dealers. Kitchen maids were allowed to keep rabbit and hare skins, which could be sold to travelling packmen for use in glove making. Scullery maids could sell feather plucked from ducks and geese, for making pillows and cushions. Cooks were allowed to sell the dripping from roasted meat, and they could sell kitchen waste as pigswill, and old textiles could be sold to rag and bone men or paper mills or glue factories,. Cooks also often negotiated a commission from local suppliers they bought from.
Time off was usually a half day once a week. Some employers were more generous than others, the moast generous offered a fortnight's holiday a year, plus a half day every Sunday, and one whole day a month, and one evening of free time a week.. But there were also breaks during the day when there would be time to relax. For the butler, it might be the interval between lunch and tea, for instance. In some households there were dances for the servants - at Powis Castle the 29 indoor servants were allowed a dance in the servants' hall every Friday evening, and two of the outdoor staff would come in to play the fiddle for the residents. Male staff at large houses often formed a football or cricket team. At Petworth in Sussex, the business of cricket was taken so seriously that Lord Egremont employed a professional cricketer to coach the team, drawn from the 24 gr4ooms and coachmen, the 25 gardeners. the estate workers and indoor menservants. In the late 19th century, the bicycle became very popular, servants who had families living not too far away would cycle home to see them on their half day.20
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