Ever wondered what it would have been like to be a domestic? To slave over your mistress or master in the hopes of earning a few measly pounds a year? You would have been one among many, that’s for sure. Nearly every household who could afford the expense employed servants. Their number was a symbol of social standing with the aristocracy employing as many as fifty while those of the middle class might employ three or four, or as was often the case, only one, most likely a maid of all work.
The Domestic Working Class
In 1806 the number of domestics numbered around 910,000, only 110, 000 of them men. The first official census was enumerated in 1801, putting us a little off the mark for the 18th century, but the number of total population figures in at approximately 8,892,536 including Wales and England. Greater London during that time had a population of about 900,000.
From estimates dated 1775 to 1801, servants accounted for…
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