Downton Abbey: Rules for the Household Staff

BY Justyn Barnes

Barnes, Justyn; Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication date: 25-Nov-2014
Format: Kindle
Pages: ~128
Genres: Non-fiction, historical
ISBN: 9781466874497
Source: library
Rating: 4 stars

“The household staff of Downton Abbey carries out their duties with effortless dignity, finesse and pride. Yet how do they know how exactly to lay the table, when to leave the room to give Lord and Lady Grantham their privacy, how to care for Lady Mary’s furs and which uniform to wear when? This recently recovered and fascinating staff handbook answers all of these questions and more.

Covering all the main positions of the Downton household—footman, lady’s maid, housekeeper, groundsman and more—and with a general introduction for new members of staff from Carson the Butler, this book tells you everything you need to know about working below stairs in the grand estate of Downton Abbey.” -Goodreads


When I was in college I started watching Downton Abbey which is quite a lovely show, despite the fact that it keeps killing off my favorite characters. While I’m not current on the show (I’m about 2 seasons back) I had to read this handbook when I came across in my library’s digital collection.

The book contains all the remedies and cleaning techniques and solutions used back when the show takes place. It is interesting how everything works, and I have to say being a kitchen maid sounds like the most exhausting job ever!

If you are a fan of the show I recommend this because you can understand the actions of the staff better.

DO YOU watch Downton Abbey?

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