Photographs

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Mrs Seddons ensures the housemaids have clean hands and are ready for the day ahead.

 

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The senior servants get ready for tea.

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Mr Fox and Mr Prosser talk in the Estate Manager’s office.

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Always washing up to be done in the kitchens.

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Mrs Seddons and the housemaids talk about the day’s duties.

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Connie and Ava catch up on the latest fashions.

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Mr Prosser briefs Archie on the day’s chores.

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Rose, Ava and Connie.

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Jim has been out on the estate while Lord Bristol and his guests have been hunting.

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Thomas and Archie take a break from the day’s chores and play chess in the servant’s hall.

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Ava writes home.

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Hattie makes the tea for Mrs Seddons.

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Busy in the kitchens making delicacies for the family upstairs.

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Catching up on the gossip upstairs.

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Jim tries the toboggan to make sure it’s fit for the snow.

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Albert hangs paper chains ready for Christmas.

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Dusting the bookshelves upstairs.

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More washing up for Maud.

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Rose takes the new housemaid upstairs.

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Dora rests her feet.

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Spring Celebrations in the basement of Ickworth House:

King George’s Silver Jubilee and Empire Day

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In the kitchens Mrs. Finkel, the head cook, Lizzie Cole, a kitchen maid, and Ethel Read, the new scullery maid, are busy preparing pastries for the parties that are being held both upstairs and downstairs

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Lord and Lady Bristol have guests arriving and the housemaids are busy preparing the rooms for the visiting servants.

Above: Beatrice cleans the senior servants’ sitting room.

Below: Head Housemaid, Miss Edgeley, observes as Violet dresses the bed for Lord Macclesfield’s valet.

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In the servants’ hall John, the hall boy, polishes the footmen’s shoes and Winifred, a lady from the village who comes in to help on particularly busy days, irons and starches the table linen

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Mr. Prosser, the estate manager, discusses business with the butler and Mrs. Seddons, the housekeeper, welcomes Miss. Petcher, Lady Summerleyton’s ladies maid.

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The house needs to be prepared for the arrival of the Bristol’s guests

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Rose dusts the bust of William Pitt in the west corridor and Mrs. Seddons inspects the housemaids’ work in the Library

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The table ready for tea in the dining room and the card table littered with the evidence of last night’s game

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Excitement brews in the basement

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Bunting is  draped along the basement corridors

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Jim, the odd-man, jokes with Violet

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Rose and Beatrice enjoy a break from work

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Empire Day

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“Hurrah, God Save the King”

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Head Housemaid, Miss Edgeley, might seem strict but she looks after her girls. Rose and Beatrice stand with her under the bunting in the servants’ hall just moments before tea is served

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Hall Boy, John, finds time to write a letter home

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The visiting ladies’ maids gossip over a little light reading

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Just one of the cakes served for tea

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Some photographs of Ickworth Lives taken during the summer of 2013

Some of the junior servants; from left to right – Florence and Rose, two housemaids, Millie, a scullery maid, Miss Stringer, senior housemaid, and John, the hall boy

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Two scullery maids hard at work

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Rose and Millie taking a rest on the servants’ stairs

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Jim, the odd man, in his workshop

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Dinner time in the servants’ hall

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Jim tucks into his lunch

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Miss Stringer, Rose and the housekeeper, Mrs Seddons

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Footman Harry and Rose preparing the table for dinner

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Rose, Millie, Miss Stringer and John playing a game of draughts

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A ladies maid at her sewing machine

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Some of the lovely food prepared in the kitchens this summer…

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