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Below stairs : the classic kitchen maid's memoir that inspired "Upstairs, downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" / Margaret Powell.

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  • 11 copies at SC LENDS.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Anderson - Anderson Main Library 641.5092 Powell Margaret (Text) 22960000486026 Adult NonFiction Checked out 01/10/2015
Anderson - Anderson Main Library 641.5092 Powell Margaret (Text) 22960000639780 Adult NonFiction Available -
Beaufort - Hilton Head Branch B POWELL (Text) 0530010164453 Adult Biography Available -
Chester - Lewisville Branch B POWELL (Text) 35301002995901 Adult Biography Available -
Chesterfield - Main Library B POW pb (Text) 30493100932749 Adult Biography Available -
Chesterfield - Matheson Memorial B POW pb (Text) 30493100933101 Adult Biography Available -
Chesterfield - Pageland B POW pb (Text) 30493100933119 Adult Biography Available -
Dorchester - Summerville Branch 641.5092 POW (Text) 30018004078404 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Fairfield - Main Library B Powell (Text) 33116002326606 Adult Biography Available -
Florence - Johnsonville Branch 92 Powell (Text) 33172005519630 Adult Biography Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250005441 (hc)
  • ISBN: 1250005442 (hc)
  • ISBN: 9781250023216 (trade pbk.)
  • Physical Description: 212 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.

Content descriptions

General Note: Orignally published: London : Davies, 1968.
Summary, etc.: This work is a kitchen-maid's through-the-key hole memoir of life in the great houses of England. At fifteen, she arrived at the servants' entrance to begin her life as a kitchen maid in 1920s England. The lowest of the low, her world was one of stoves to be blacked, vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and even bootlaces to be ironed. Work started at 5:30 am and went on until after dark. In this memoir, the author tells her tales of service with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye. From the gentleman with a penchant for stroking housemaids' curlers, to raucous tea dances with errand boys, to the heartbreaking story of Agnes the pregnant under-parlourmaid, fired for being seduced by her mistress's nephew, this book evokes the long vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. This is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman, who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high.
Subject: Powell, Margaret, 1907-1984.
Cooks > Great Britain > Biography.
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