Downton Abbey: March of the Pigs

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  1. jharper2 says:

    Poor Barrows, sacrificed to Julian Fellowes class based faulty history. People who had money were hiring servants, indeed due to the shortage of servants the rich were gasp, poaching them from each other. It was the poorer households, like the one Barrow went to that were whining about the servant problem. ie they couldn’t be found unless one was willing to pay and well.
    Unless willing to pay, masters found servants hard to find, and a trained servant from a noble household could get reasonable jobs. And now through the Yorkshire Post. Any servant worth anything went through the servant bureaus, who placed staff with households (household paying the fee).
    And even harder to find servants for the country, and furthest Yorkshire, far from the bright lights even harder.
    Servants were a sellers, not a buyers market in the 20s.

    In the wake of the first Upstairs Downstairs in the 70s, Rosina Harrison, who worked for Lady Astor, and several of her colleagues published memoirs, the bosses didn’t have it all their own way in the 20s and 30s, they had to pay if they wanted all the subservience. The cooks got their refrigerators and canned horse radish, not because the wise masters forced them on reluctant backward servants but because with mod cons to lighten the work, they weren’t getting servants of the better quality.

    And Barrow does know his job.

    Rant at Lord Fellowes Thatcherite nostalgia off.

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