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Servants of the Lord
Outdoor Staff at the Great Country Houses
David Jones presents a unique look into the lives, roles and responsibilities of the outdoor staff of the great country houses during the golden age og Queen Victoria's reign to World War 1. Through his meticulous research of estate records, biographical works, private diaries and from many other sources a fascinating and comprehensive insight is given into the relatively unexplored subject of the outdoor staff, despite them being the backbone to the sustainability of the great estates. These roles have been neglected both by book and journal over the years as much has been written about indoor servants, but in this well researched and fascinating book untold stories of hermits; gardeners; postillions; gamekeepers and many more are documented. Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished period photographs together with historic documents from the authors private collection. A must read for anyone interested in family and social history and country house/estate life in a bygone era.
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"I, like many here in Britain, and for that matter, around the world, have a great interest (bordering on voyeuristic curiosity) for life in the Great Country Estates of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. Jones has extensively researched every facet of Estate outdoor life in those times and provides his readers with almost encyclopaedic detail of the type of people who filled these jobs, their extraordinarily difficult working conditions and their spartan living situations etched out on meagre wages. To support Jones's in-depth, dare I say almost all-encompassing text, the book is full of fascinating black and white period photos - many never published before." Gary Creighton, British Country Sports;