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Bridget Hill

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.001.0001

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A London Domestic Servant: Mary Ashford

A London Domestic Servant: Mary Ashford

(p.191) 10 A London Domestic Servant: Mary Ashford

Bridget Hill

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the experience of Mary Ashford in working as a domestic servant for seventeen years in modest households in England during the 18th century. It is based on Ashford's autobiography which she started writing in July 1842. Ashford worked for several different households including those of the Leesons, the Wentworths, the Wetheralls, and the Aytouns. This chapter provides specific descriptions of the households where Ashford worked and her duties and responsibilities in each of them, and explains the reasons for her decision to go into service.

Keywords:   Mary Ashford, domestic servants, England, modest households, autobiography

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