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The strange ritual of the Servants’ Christmas Ball

Was the Servants’ Ball really so marvellous? It is invoked as an example of the cosy, protective relationship within the English country house between the family […]

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10 tips for Downton Abbey – The Movie

If the rumours are true, production on Downton Abbey – The Movie begins in 2017, for release Christmas 2018. Yay! But will it be more of the same […]

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The real life Daisy Mason – 20th-century rebel Jean Rennie

The wheels at Downton Abbey have cranked forward a year. It is now 1925. And mutinous kitchen maid Daisy Mason – now assistant cook – is causing trouble, […]

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The fragile dignity of the ‘Lady Help’

To leaf through The Lady from the 1880s to the present day is to experience at breakneck speed a furiously changing Britain. Not just the false […]

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Would the housekeeper really marry the butler?

EVER since Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes were seen coyly holding hands at that servants’ outing to the seaside, Downton Abbey viewers have been waiting patiently […]

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The murderess of Harley Street

What happened when an upper servant got pregnant? Of all the babies accepted by London’s Foundling Hospital between 1821 and 1830, two thirds came from servants. Of […]

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