Servants in the Victorian Era
Upper servants such as butler, housekeeper, lady's maid,house steward,and valet
Upper servants were classified as upper servants because upper class servants were entitled to respect and deference from the under staff. Upper servants were placed in larger households. Upper servants would take the head place at the dining room.
The butler is the head of his department and responsible for the performance of the footmen. “The footmen takes coals to the sitng-room, cleans the boots, trims the lamp wicks, cleans the plate, lays the breakfast table, carries in breakfast, waits at breakfast, removes breakfast, answers the door in the morning after 12 o'clock, delivers notes, lays the luncheon table, takes in and waits luncheon, clears the table and cleans the silver, lays the dinner table, goes out with the carriage in the afternoon, attends to fires throughout the day and evening, prepares table for tea, cleans up after tea, waits at dinner, clears the dinner table, helps clean the plate, washes the glass and silver used at dinner, takes in coffee and dessert after dinner, waits in attendance in front hall when dinner guests are leaving, attends to the gentlemen in the smoking room, attends to lighting in the house at dusk, goes out with the carriage in the evening and valets the young gentlemen in…