Servants of the Lord
Outdoor Staff at the Great Country Houses
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 World War 1.
Reviews for Servants of the Lord
…with rich tales and a treasure trove of photographs that obviously took meticulous effort to find and collate, this book is patently the work of a true countryman, and all the better for it.
CLA Land & Business Magazine
This is a magical book, one that details a world that is rarely shown in the media, yet one that was a vital part of the captivating world of the ‘Big House’. This is a book which will find a very permanent home on my bookshelf and which will undoubtedly be dipped into on many occasions.
Louise Broderick , Horse and Pony Ireland
If you’re into history books and enjoy countryside pursuits and lifestyle, this book is definitely for you. Thanks to David Jones’ meticulous research, you can almost experience walking in the servant’s shoes. You can read all about fascinating lives of hermits, warreners, gamekeepers and more.
The book is extremely well structured. The chapters cover the different departments of the country estate, which was, in effect, a self contained unit. The sheer number of different occupations is striking, from grooms, gardeners, land agents and hunt servants to lodge keepers, carpenters and ploughmen, and everything in between… A major strength of this book is the wonderful rare photographs, mostly taken from the author’s photographic collections, including the Gamekeeping Photographic Archive. If you have outdoor servants in your family tree, this book will help you to understand their roles on the country estate and their place within the servant hierarchy. It’s a welcome addition to the family history bookshelf.
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