David Jones presents a unique look into the lives, roles and responsibilities of the outdoor staff of the great country houses during the golden age of Queen Victoria's reign to WW1. Through his meticulous research of estate records, biographical works, private diaries and from many other sources a fascinating and comprehensive insight is given into the relatively unexplored subject of the outdoor staff, despite them being the backbone to the sustainability of the great estates. These roles have been neglected both by book and journal over the years as much has been written about indoor servants, but in this well researched and fascinating book untold stories of hermits; gardeners; postillions; gamekeepers and many more are documented. Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished period photographs together with historic documents from the author's private collection. A must-read for anyone interested in family and social history and country house/estate life in a bygone era.
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