completeness of the domestic offices at Tatton gives a striking
picture of the world of the servants below stairs and the scale of
household management which was required to run such a large
establishment with efficiency and precision.
The image to the right shows Mr Parker, Coachman and Mr Way and
Mr Durham, Footmen, outside the Egerton family’s London home at 9
Seamore Place, Mayfair in 1911 at the time of the coronation of
At the end of the 19th century, the Egerton household had around
forty indoor servants under the control of the housekeeper and
house steward. At Tatton, the house steward was the head of the
hierarchy of male servants. He acted as private secretary to Lord
Egerton, running the house and estate on behalf of his employer
when Lord Egerton was not in residence.
The upper servants included the butler and cook who were
responsible for the lower staff, the smooth running of the
household and the ordering of food and drink. The lower servants,
such as the chambermaids and scullery maids, dealt with the more
menial tasks of washing, cleaning and polishing.