Housemaids would often be the earliest to rise at about 6am or earlier. Her duties would include opening shutters, cleaning grates, sweeping rooms and dusting before breakfast. Rooms were tidied and prepared, slops emptied, fires stoked and lit, and coal buckets filled. In the afternoon, it might be a quieter time with sewing and other chores being carried out in the Maids’ hall.

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