Victorian Servants – a Brief Overview

Victorian servants were a large part of Victorian households, with even poorer or middle-class homes keeping at least one maid, nanny or helper.

Large households would have many servants, including a butler, footmen, a housekeeper, laundry maids, a cook, scullery maid, lady’s maid and/or valet.  Board, lodging and uniforms would usually be provided and servants ate in the servant’s hall, usually near the kitchen.  A salary would be provided, small indeed by today’s standards!

Read about each of these roles and imagine yourself living in those times, with often gruelling work hours!

 

Victorian Governess

Victorian Scullery Maid and Housemaid