The Housekeeper’s Room

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Usually a woman of mature years, the housekeeper was a valued and skilled professional. Her status as the most important female servant meant she had her own room for comfort and privacy. Here she organised the household and paid bills. Other servants rarely entered. Furnishings were plain and less fashionable than above stairs, but they still provided a degree of gentility.

– The housekeeper’s STORE CUPBOARDS contained dried goods such as rice, flour and semolina, as well as household goods like candles.

– The housekeeper’s DESK was a safe place to store and manage all the paperwork and accounts necessary for maintaining the house.