Ring for Service - The Servants Rules & Pay

The Servants Rules
  • Never let your voice be heard by the ladies and gentlemen of the house.
  • Always 'give room' if you meet one of your employers or betters on the stairs.
  • Always stand still when being spoken to by a member of the family and look at the person speaking to you.
  • Never begin to talk to any ladies and gentlemen unless spoken to first.
  • Servants should never offer any opinion to their employers, not even to say "good night."
  • Never talk to another servant in the presence of your mistress.
  • Never call from one room to another.
  • Always keep outer doors fastened.
  • Only the Butler may answer the bell.
  • Every servant must be punctual at meal times.
  • The female staff is forbidden to smoke.
  • No servant is to receive any visitor, friend, or relatives in the house.
  • Any maids found fraternizing with a member of the opposite sex will be dismissed without hearing. 
-Taken from The History of the Hinchingbrooke House

Typical Monthly Wages of Kean Family Servants
  • Butler - $45
  • Valet - $30
  • Coachman - $30
  • Gardener - $36
  • Footman - $25
  • Groom - $15
  • Cook - $30
  • Parlor Maid - $16
  • House Maid - $14
  • Assistant Kitchen Maid - $12
  • Laundress - $16
  • Nanny - $20

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