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Great House - Support grounds staff

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Great House - Support grounds staff

For all Great House Support Grounds Staff apart from Gardeners

Please add profiles that fit these other Support Grounds Staff Occupations to this project

  • Groundskeepers
  • Stablehands
  • Handyman

Descriptions of these Great House positions:


The general labourers under the head gardener. They'd do everything
from planting trees to cutting grass. Their wages around 1890 would have been approximately eight to 16 pounds ($850- $1,700) per year depending on age and ability.


Head Groom or Stable Master was responsible for running the stables. Positionally he might rank as upper staff but because he wasn't part of the inside staff
he didn't have their privileges. However, as master of his own staff he undoubtedly occupied a similar status receiving apporximately thirty to fifty pounds in about 1890 ($3,100- $5,300) a year.

Groomcared for horses: grooming, saddling, etc. receiving in 1890 about fifteen pounds ($1,600) per year.

Stable Boycleaned stables etc. for the princely sum, in about 1890 of six to twelve pounds ($640-$1,300) per year depending on age and ability. Many times they started when they were only 10.

Handyman did odd jobs and repair work around the grounds - may conceivably also been Houseman or Usefulman although these generally worked indoors. It may also be that people would be brought in for specific jobs as required from outside the community of the Great House.