In 1851 there were over one million servants in Britain. This work covers a range of domestic service in the nineteenth century, describing the work and conditions of servants and giving an insight into the strict social hierarchy, which was strong 'below stairs' as above.
Trevor May was educated at the universities of London and Exeter and is now a professional historian, writer, and educator. He has written over a dozen books on social and economic history topics, including several books in the Shire Library series.
The recruitment of servants; Pay and conditions; The work of male servants; The work of female servants' Kitchen and laundry' The decline of domestic service; further reading and places to visit.