Saturday, 13 June 2015

Devotion to service....plain living

The cellars and basements of Tatton Hall

A plain life below stairs,  skills were abundant,  cooks, dairy/still-room, gardeners, grooms ,ladies-maids, butlers  all skilled, all tradespeople. 

Memories of them all are stronger in these beautiful kitchens and cellars than anything above stairs. Above stairs was stilted dusty ostentation, only shadows remain. I though it was ironic that those capable servants, those plain people were the ones to leave their mark, to still be felt as if just moments before they had been there with me.

 Below the stairs of that great house lived those people and their devotion to service seems to be its heart still.










                                         A lovely day at the Salvage Fair Tatton Park

                                                     Lucys Vintage

                                          Some goodies in my bag


                                                                 Had to stop for tea
                                                      Just lovely ..............Lynn xxxx

14 comments:

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

What a wonderful observation Lynn and how true. XXXX

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I prefer this calm environment of white and gray, natural wood and sunlight. You have captured what I LOVE! Good to see you post! Anita

lynn cockrell said...

I totally agree that the best places to visit in these old manors is the downstairs area. We were visiting Biltmore Estates in Ashville, N.C. during the spring and I would have loved to spend a couple of hours in the kitchen and servants quarters. Picture taking was not allowed inside, but I took pics outside and also did a post about the Downton Abbey exposition that was going on there at the time.It feels the most real of any of the other areas of these homes. I enjoyed your post so very much!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

I imagine there was the reward of accomplishment serving a large household such as you have shared. Let us not forget though there was no air conditioning, lack of respect for a woman's rights (not that she had any) and after a life long job of servitude what did one do then?
We are fortunate that you have shared such wonderful photos of your outing.
I hope you are well...
Susan x

Pilgrim at Kerjacob said...

What lovely photographs.
I am sure the fair was good - I'm glad you had a happy day.
Hugs Diane. xxx

Merlesworld said...

I like the old kitchens in manor houses, you can just imagine fun and laughter in those places where upstairs not so much.
Merle..............

sarah said...

I wonder if they really did feel a devotion to service or a desperation for work (and income). I imagine many did take a great pride in their work. Lovely photographs.

Kay said...

As someone who has worked in some big houses....even a few years ago.. its still the same...the 'staff' have a real giggle but work incredibly hard, while those upstairs are hampered by manners and convention...xx

Vicki Boster said...

Lynn-- these are such wonderful photos-- I've always been fascinated by the stories relating to the "basement" folks!! I've read several books about servants in large estate homes and---- I've watched every episode of Upstairs Downstairs-- lol!!!

Love,love...
Vicki

Sea Cottage said...

I see so much beauty in such devotion. Isn't the workspace lovely in its weathered and worn greys ? I can understand why you had such a lovely day.

Madelief said...

I would have loved to accompany you to the fair Lynn! I always enjoy the downstairs of those grand houses.I visited Anglesey abbey recently which I can recommend to you. Especially downstairs is worth a visit. Like being in a time warp back to the sixties and seventies.

Have a good week!

Madelief x

BusyLizzie said...

Wonderful photos of the kitchen - another fab looking place to visit! Lizzie

Streetcomber said...

Beautiful pictures. I enjoyed the novel Longbourne by Jo Baker for its depiction of life below stairs, the hard grind, and daily service. There is a wonderful description of laundry day in there. x

Gail said...

What a hard life they would have had Lynn! but it's so great to be able to visit and soak up the history .....I'm liking your treasures from the salvage fair ... so nice! have a nice weekend ! Gail x