This paper refers to the servants’ full names except in the case of Megan whose life story has been collected by Rosemary Scadden. To watch a meal served upstairs in the grand dining room is to visit a time and place when manners, decorum and tradition were prized values. —J.M. Despite my former longing for an Edwardian feast, I’ll likely leave the past to the past and enjoy the time traditionally spent changing out courses and fussing with "removes" with friends and family instead. Chapter 2. Selina Todd has highlighted that working-class women’s autobiography was a less established genre and thus female writers ‘cannot draw as easily upon a range of existing, strong literary devices and narrative structures that can conceal ambivalence and ambiguity.’9 Moreover, historians who work with autobiographies never just work with them. Joy Lakeman and Joan Bellan, Them days from the memories of Joan Bellan. A cook working in London in 1918 endured conditions where ‘there is no means of fresh air, and only the smell of cooking and drains’.42 Bad smells were trapped in small kitchens due to the fact that employers feared that aerated kitchens might lead the stench to reach their own quarters.43 Therefore, the kitchen’s design created an unhealthy but also stigmatizing environment for servants: they were relegated in a fetid and over-heated underworld so that their employers could enjoy some fresh air in their nicely furnished rooms. Burnett Collection of Working Class Autobiography, 2:384, Brunel University Library; Elizabeth Flint, Kipper stew. London: Virago 1977, 37-52; John Burnett, Useful toil : autobiographies of working people from the 1820s to the 1920s. Anne Kynoch, The King’s seat. Therefore, the furnishing of the servants’ hall mirrored the social hierarchy within the house.32. New York: Random House 1995. London: John Murray 2010. Winifred Foley was an educated woman who passed with success her exam to go to a secondary school at fourteen years old but had to enter domestic service after her family encountered economic difficulties. Chapter 6. Never let your voice be heard by the ladies and gentlemen of the house, except when necessary, and then as little as possible. It also examines the social symbolism that servants and employers attributed to these spaces. London: Routledge/Thoemmes Press1997. Servants were badly paid and often lived in squalor. Dinner is the meal for which this formal service is best adapted, and even at dinner it should not be carried out, Serving Table laid for Breakfast, Russian Style. Stroud: Amberley 2010, 226. Chapter 3. For example, Elsie Oman worked as a maid-of-all-work for a family who ran a bed and breakfast.50 While before the war, the family had servants to run the business, during the war, the mistress and her daughter ran the business alongside Elsie and they ate their meals together in the kitchen. We cannot discount the possibility that the servant-authors played up these tales but they still indicate that the kitchen, a space of segregation and social hierarchy, could also be used as a community stronghold against the employers’ authority. In the homes of the upper class, servants ate separately in the servants’ hall while their employers ate in the dining room. Chapter 1. Mollie Moran, Aprons and silver spoons: the heartwarming memoirs of a 1930s kitchen maid. To move beyond the romantic myths around domestic service that are perpetuated in sources written by the middle class, this article is based on an analysis of fifty-four servants’ autobiographies.7 Such sources do, of course, pose some problems. Middle and upper-class women relied on servants to run their homes smoothly. Just imagine trying to serve a similar meal to a full room without a well-versed team. But the kitchen – there was only a wooden table and two wooden chairs, one backless. A Guide for Edwardian Servants. London Routledge/Thoemmes Press (1997), 14; Joseph Ambrose Banks, Prosperity and parenthood : a study of family planning among the Victorian middle classes. Padstow: Tabb House 1982. Instead of admitting her mistake, she ‘rushed to the pig bucket’ and ‘fished the kipper out’. Autobiographies, like any piece of historical evidence, must be placed alongside other types of evidence, such as employers’ accounts and domestic manuals. Brighton: Queenspark Books 1980; Dorothy Fudge, Sands of time : the autobiography of Dorothy Fudge. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul (1954), 70. Chapter 7. Bassingbourn: Archives for Bassingbourn & Comberton Village Colleges 1981. Downstairs was another story; a hive of domestic activity, as servants strove to ensure that life ran as smoothly as possible for their employers. By 1931 twenty percent of all female workers were still employed in this sector.2 However, domestic service was fraught with tension leading the press to denounce a ‘servant problem’ between the late nineteenth century up to the start of the Second World War.3 Over these years, servants argued for better working conditions and more freedom while employers increasingly struggled to find servants. Nearly always well-dressed young men, the footmen represented crisp formality and quiet grandeur on behalf of the … Servant’s Hall: The servant’s hall was a common room where the work staff congregated, ate their meals, performed small but essential tasks, like mending, darning, polishing, ect. Lucy Delap, ‘Kitchen-Sink Laughter: Domestic Service Humor in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Journal of British Studies, 49, 3 (2010), pp.623-654. Gertrude Emmott, Ministry of Reconstruction. Servants’ spaces for eating in country houses and large townhouses were different to those of smaller middle-class suburban villas. Servants were provided with food, clothing, housing, and a small wage, and lived in a self-enclosed social system inside the mansion. She recalled, with a hint of malice, that when she returned to the dining room one of the guests told her to “Thank cook for the lovely dinner. They are also written in a different context to which the events depicted occurred, and thus subject to the public discourses of that context. Sian Pooley in her study of domestic service in Lancaster between 1880 and 1914 highlighted that most service relationships were not based on strict boundaries between the servants and the family but were interwoven by emotional and kinship links.47 Even when servants were not part of the employer’s family, links could be less formal than the accounts of ‘invisible’ domestic servants in grand upper-class households let us imagine. If you have any questions please get in touch with. Dinner is the meal for which this formal service is best adapted, and even at dinner it should not be carried out Hastings: Hastings Local History Group 2002, 15-17; Jean Rennie, Every other Sunday. Some had windows above eye level which brought in a modicum of light. Prominently in view from the table was the all-important clock, the function of which was to enforce punctuality, which was at the core of servants’ experience. Rosina Harrison, Rose my life in service. Llandysul: Gomer 2013; Rosina Harrison, Rose my life in service. At eight o'clock each morning, your Lady's Maid or Valet will wake you with your Early Morning Breakfast Tray. Cheltenham: Thornhill 1991. Elsie Oman, Salford stepping stones. Stroud: Alan Sutton 1990. In this room, servants could gather away from the eye of the employers, gossip and jokes could be spread and even more dangerous, theft could be committed. Chapter 4 . Winifred Foley, a maid-of-all-work in the 1930s, recalled that,44. Hastings: Hastings Local History Group 2002. Like sergeant-majors and school prefects, the upper servants were enrolled to enforce the rules when the staff was outside of the gaze of their employers. Serving Dinner, Russian Fashion. Sideboard laid for Breakfast, Russian Style, When a meal is served after the Russian fashion, all the responsibility of supplying food to those at table falls upon the attendants. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 1999. London: John Murray 2010, 52. Downstairs spaces were poorly lit, claustrophobic, and often damp. Serving Breakfast, English Fashion. Oxford: Basil Blackwell 1985. Stephen Mennell, All manners of food: eating and taste in England and France from the Middle Ages to the present. Chapter 8. in its entirety unless there be more than one waitress for each eight covers at table, since nothing appears upon the table save the centrepiece (at dinner, a bonbon dish or two is allowable) and the articles that compose the individual covers. With or without guests, the daily routine for a family at its country house was unalterable, due in part to the servants, whose meal-times were rigid, and in part to Edwadian era tradition. Megan described in the household she worked in during the interwar period that servants were not authorised to eat eggs as they were reserved for the employers.58 The cook rebelled against the system by stealing eggs to make a sandwich for the other two servants, which they savoured in the kitchen away from their employers’ gaze.59 Because cooks had control over the kitchen, they could use it to subvert the authority of their employers. Finally, these sources represent the only way to access the voices of a marginalized group. Similarly, in a second household Elsie Oman worked for during the war, the mistress and her two sisters helped the maid with the cleaning and ate alongside her, but they still maintained distinctions at Christmas.52 They received their guests in the dining room while Elsie Oman had to stay in the kitchen. Edwardian Life: Family Mealtimes. Funded by the ESRC, her research uses a sample of French and British female servants’ autobiographies to compare personal experiences of domestic service between 1900 and 1940. Michel Foucault, Discipline and punish: the birth of the prison. University of Essex, I-CEM project, 1901 Census for England and Wales. Winifred Foley might also have been hurt at the time by the spatial segregation because she worked for a Jewish family where she felt treated as an ‘equal’ and ‘not a servant’.45 She did housework alongside her mistress whom Winifred Foley described as ‘a bit of a Momma to me’, but she did not eat with the family.46 Her situation highlights that the spatial differentiation within the middle-class home was particularly difficult to navigate among the lower echelons of the employers’ class. McKenzie-Hill graduated from the Boston Cooking School where Fannie Farmer was assistant principal. This article also draws on Foucault’s well-known argument that power is not defined by the individual or institution that holds it, but, rather, is an abstraction comprised in a system of rules and methods which define and control those who are subject to it.11  Conceptualizing power in these terms allows us to reflect on the role of spaces in defining servants’ inferior status at mealtimes when the employers were absent. Her education meant that she was not only able to write her autobiography but that she may have wanted to write about domestic service to distinguish herself from public discourses on servants depicting them as uneducated and passive workers. Stroud: Alan Sutton, 1990, 18; Siân Pooley, ‘Domestic servants and their urban employers: a case study of Lancaster, 1880–1914’, Economic History Review, 62, 2 (2009), 405–429. In "Practical Cooking and Serving," mention is made of two distinct styles of serving meals, the English and the Russian, also of a third style, " the compromise," which emphasizes the best points of the other two. London: Kaye and Ward 1977; London: Kaye and Ward 1977; Edith Hall, Canary girls and stockpots. The cooks’ empowerment can also be read in the fact that many of them called their working space ‘my kitchen’ whereas the entire place was owned by their employers. Only the upper class could afford to employ men servants while the main employers of servants, the middle class, recruited female workers. Lucy Delap, Knowing their place : domestic service in twentieth-century Britain. Christina Violet Butler, Domestic service: an enquiry by the women's industrial council. Her research interests include gender, class and identity as well as emotions and subjectivity. ‘As there was always plenty of food in the store cupboard, which was never locked’, she cooked a hot meal for servants. Barrie. Many of us today cannot understand why servants in country manors such as Downton… Robert Kerr, The gentleman’s house or, How to plan English residences: from the parsonage to the palace: with tables of accommodation and cost, and a series of selected plans. In some lower-middle-class households, employers who did not have the luxury of having a kitchen and a dining room would only allow the servant to eat after they had finished. Oxford University Press 2007, 18. Middle-class employers increasingly struggled economically during the interwar which meant that the distinctions were often sharper between the front of the house where they strived to maintain their social status and the back rooms, especially the rooms for servants, for which there was no money left in their limited budget.38 Therefore, despite the modernization of kitchens during the interwar period, in middle-class houses, they were still often badly ventilated and smelly, with old pieces of furniture and no chairs to sit for a meal or rest.39 Ethel Beaumont described her first place as a cook-general in the 1920s where ‘the … house was exceptionally nice – for the owners. A Guide for Edwardian Servants. The Dining-Room and the Pantry and their Furnishings. A Guide for Edwardian Servants. Katherine Henderson, 1987, ‘Had I but know’. Many autobiographies contain some acts of everyday resistance that contradicted the ideal vision of domestic service and its social stratification on a small scale. Chapter 8. The long, slow, and heavy meals of the mid-nineteenth century had disappeared by the Edwardian era: now hostesses preferred their dinner parties swift and filling (though this was taken to the extreme by Gilded Age hostess Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish, who would hurry her guests through eight or nine courses in forty minutes), most likely to make time for evening entertainments. As employers wanted to enjoy some privacy and designed kitchens to be separate from the rest of the house, they created a contentious and worrying space where employers did not belong. Nor, generally speaking, was there enough money to employ generally more than one or two maids, which made a large servants’ hall unnecessary.37 These constraints did not mean, however, that distinctions were not enforced. Wimborne: Word and Action 1988; Margaret Powell, Below stairs. After it was sent upstairs, Margaret Powell recalled with pride and amusement that ‘Mrs Bernard sent the parlour maid down with a compliment. Really it was very poor, very poor; there was absolutely no comfort.’27 Margaret Powell also described a servants’ hall furnished with ‘misshapen wicker chairs which had once graced their conservatory and weren’t even considered good enough for that now.’28 Employers followed the advice of domestic household manuals which argued that the ideal servants’ hall was to be furnished with ‘very simple’ or ‘plain’ furniture.29 Kerr in his book The gentleman’s house argued for ‘all private rooms to be equal to those of a similar class of persons in their own homes- perhaps a little better, but not too much.’30 He added that ‘elegance, importance, and ornament would be quite out of place’ in the servants’ quarters. To mask any bad taste, she mixed the kipper’s flesh with some Escoffier sauce. Most of these houses had an ‘upstairs’ where the family lived and a ‘downstairs’ where the kitchen, the servants’ hall and the rest of the servants’ quarters were located.18 Sometimes, the servants lived in one wing and the family occupied the rest of the house.19 The servants’ hall and the whole system of upstairs-downstairs embodied a class boundary that divided servants from their employers. The meal itself was served in the order of the servants’ position. Everyday life for a domestic servant in Edwardian townhouses was often far removed from the splendour of their surroundings… Share on Facebook; Share on Twitter; Share on Whatsapp; Email to a friend; This competition is now closed. They play into a long tradition of servants’ humour that emerged in Edwardian Britain as servants increasingly contested the outdated paternalistic and deferential relationships of domestic service while lower section of the middle class could afford to employ a maid.60 Popular culture was full of rebellious maids playing tricks on their employers and particularly on lower-middle families whose snobbishness was ridiculed. Let us remind you when the next issue is out, and keep you updated on news & events. Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree, Poverty: a study of town life. Small beer – roughly with 2.5 per cent or less alcohol content – … Siân Pooley, ‘Domestic servants and their urban employers: a case study of Lancaster, 1880–1914’, Economic History Review, 62, 2 (2009), 405-29. It follows, then, that, where this fashion is adopted, a full staff of trained household employees is needed, if the wants of those at table are to be properly supplied. The mistress would consult her cook in the morning for the day’s menu, but she was not welcomed in this space after that.55 Eileen Balderson, a housemaid at Middleton Hall in the 1930s, recalled that ‘If she [the mistress] did go to the kitchen later, which was rarely, she knocked on the door and waited for cook to say “Come in”. London: Pan 2011. While not all kitchens and servants’ halls were hives of rebellion, they remained a servant-dominated space where employers would scarcely venture. The English style of service breathes hospitality rather than formality., It allows of personal attention, on the part of those sitting at the head and foot of the table, to the needs of those about them. Barnsley: Pen & Sword History 2015. Whereas the upper classes had acquired a cultural taste that privileged the aesthetic over the practical, the lower classes were thought incapable of reaching the same refined aesthetic pleasures. Padstow: Tabb House 1982; Elsie Oman, Salford stepping stones. Female servants. John Burnett, Useful toil : autobiographies of working people from the 1820s to the 1920s. Oxford 1992, 219. She serves the capitalist classes. Edwardian Gastronomy According to British restaurant critic, Giles Coren,” a hundred years ago, British food was in its golden age, with the arrival of the great restaurant, the celebrity chef, exotic new dishes, and gargantuan 12 course meals. Bath: Chivers Press 1983; Dorothy Burnham, Through dooms of love. Were they altering the meals for upstairs, receiving visitors including male ‘followers’ or even committing theft in this space that they could neither control nor see?61 Jean Hunt recalled that when she was visiting her grandmother as a child, she would stand at the top of the kitchen stairs, listening ‘to gales of laughter coming from down in the kitchen.’62 Instead of considering the upstairs-downstairs system as a tool for social distinction, Jean Hunt saw the kitchen as a strange but attractive world where maids were free to do as they wanted. Inside the servants’ hall, the power structure of the staff was displayed, and supper time was, as a house parlour maid put it, ‘when protocol and snobbery took over’.36 While the servants’ place was downstairs, there was a variety of ‘places’ one could occupy both spatially and socially within that area. Servants worked in a variety of households and their relationship with their employers varied accordingly. Help mistress to lay table, and prepare breakfast. The Upper Classes (them upstairs) had a full calendar of visiting, The London Season and shooting, whereas the servants … Therefore, spaces for eating were more emotionally charged for employers and employees in lower-class households where both lived in greater physical proximity. Stephen Mennell, All manners of food : eating ad taste in England and France from the Middle Ages to the present. Francis Ellen Darwin, ‘Domestic Service’, Nineteenth Century, 2 (1890), 286-96; Agnes Amy Bulley, ‘Domestic service: a social study’, Westminster Review, 135 (1891), 177–186; Maud Churton Braby, ‘The Servant Problem’, English Review, 23 (1916), 528-37; Christina Violet Butler, Domestic service: an enquiry by the women's industrial council. Sit-down Breakfast. Fanny Louvier is a second year DPhil student in Economic and Social History at the University of Oxford. Frank Victor Dawes, Not in front of the servants : a true portrait of upstairs, downstairs life. For by overlooking autobiographies we are over-reliant on evidence from above and thus reproduce the power structure of domestic service that silenced them. Daisy Noakes, The town beehive: a young girl's lot, Brighton 1910-1934. Serving Meals without a Maid - A Guide for Edwardian Servants - The Up to Date Waitress by Janet McKenzie Hill. Care of the Pantry. They often took part in the rules and rituals of the servants’ halls at mealtime. Elizabeth Flint, Kipper stew. Perhaps the best way to give directions for serving a meal is to present a representative menu, and tell how to get it before those who are seated at table. Dorothy Burnham, Through dooms of love. New York: Random House 1995, 215. When a meal is served after the Russian fashion, all the responsibility of supplying food to those at table falls upon the attendants. Conditions were often dreadful in the kitchens of the middle-class houses which further stigmatized servants as inferior beings. Musson, 207; Pamela Horn, Life below stairs in the twentieth century. Bread and butter, pickles and relishes, are also given a place on the table.But, save relishes, etc,, only one course appears at a time upon the table. Hastings Local History Group, Hasting voices: local people talking about their lives in Hastings and St Leonards before the Second World War. Home. Jean Rennie, Every other Sunday. Letchworth: Wayfair Publishers 1966; Joy Lakeman and Joan Bellan, Them days from the memories of Joan Bellan. While employers and domestic manuals simply described a system of spatial segregation, servants’ accounts allow us to reconstruct the physicality of these spaces as well as their complex power dynamics. The rooms were well furnished in good taste to give the greatest possible comfort. Pamela Horn, Life below stairs in the twentieth century. What are the Duties of a Waitress. Stroud: Amberley 2010. Daily Work in a seven-roomed house. Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction : a social critique of the judgement of taste. Eating in the ‘tiny kitchen’ on her own compared to the ‘living-room’ of the employers was a daily experience of the authority and social hierarchy in service. A disjointed meal could be viewed as a poor reflection of the house and an improperly managed staff. Here's a great article with an actual catalog from the Schaffers - before ALVR was opened - offering Faberge and Imperial treasures for sale in New York. Letchworth: Wayfair Publishers 1966. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1954. Many servants took pride in working for the country’s elite, and there existed a tremendous entrenched snobbery among the top families’ servants often far greater than that of the family itself. The latter manifests itself in an acquired cultural taste, which encompasses everything from artworks to eating and that prioritizes the aesthetic over the functional.10 Bourdieu’s approach helps us to understand how employers designed their own spaces for eating and those of their servants. James C. Scott, ‘Everyday Forms of Resistance’, Copenhagen Papers, 4 (1989), p.34; Stellan Vinthagen and Anna Johansson, ‘“Everyday Resistance”: Exploration of a Concept and its Theories’, Resistance Studies Magazine, 1 (2013), 4. They play into a long tradition of servants’ humour that emerged in Edwardian Britain as servants increasingly contested the outdated paternalistic and deferential relationships of domestic service while lower section of the middle class could afford to employ a maid. In the worst homes life was little better than a form of silver-service slavery. The meat or fish just as it is taken from the oven or kettle, except for its garnish, is set down before the "head of the house," who carves it and selects the portion desired by each. Chapter 4 . In contrast, in smaller households, the spatial division between servants and employers was often limited so that servants simply ate in dingy kitchens instead of a specific room. New York : Harper 1838, 184. Servants: A Downstairs View of Twentieth Century Britain; What was life like as a 19th-century servant? Butler, 34–5; Delap, 6; Pamela Horn, The rise and fall of the Victorian servant. Luton: WEA Luton Branch 1977; Katherine Henderson 1987, ‘Had I but know’. Francis Ellen Darwin, ‘Domestic Service’, Nineteenth Century, 2 (1890), pp.286-96. London: Century in association with the National Trust 1989, 80. To her horror, Margaret Powell realised that she had thrown the kipper into ‘the pig bucket under the sink’. Before the eighteenth century, servants lived in closer proximity to their employers and even ate at their table.20 However, as domestic service became a female-dominated occupation whose members came increasingly from lower social ranks, employers started to set barriers between their family and their servants. It is essential that family rooms should be private, and that the servants’ department ought to be kept as far as possible separate from the main house, so that what passes on either side of the boundary shall be both invisible and inaudible on the other…  The idea which underlines all is simply this. To reveal the role of spaces for eating in servants’ experiences of domestic service, this article also draws on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, and James Scott. Bath: C. Chivers, 1978; Samuel Mullins & Gareth Griffiths, Cap and apron : an oral history of domestic service in the Shires, 1880-1950. 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