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


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

Available copies

  • 1 copy at NOBLE (All Libraries).

Current holds

1 current hold with 16 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Beverly Farms Adult Nonfiction TX 649 .P68 A3 2012 (Text to phone) Checked out 01/09/2015
Beverly Main Adult Nonfiction TX 649 .P68 A3 2012 (Text to phone) Checked out 01/09/2015
Danvers Adult Nonfiction TX 649 P68 A3 2012 (Text to phone) In transit -
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 920/POWELL (Text to phone) Checked out 01/16/2015
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction TX 649 .P68 A3 2012 (Text to phone) Checked out 01/09/2015
Marblehead Adult Biography BIO POWELL, MARGARET 2012 (Text to phone) Checked out 01/05/2015
Marblehead Adult New Nonfiction BIO POWELL, MARGARET 2012 (Text to phone) Checked out 01/05/2015
Melrose Biographies (Main Floor) Biography 641.5092 Powell (Text to phone) Checked out 01/14/2015
Northern Essex - Haverhill Campus Stacks TX649.P68 A3 2012 (Text to phone) Checked out 01/09/2015
Peabody Main Adult Nonfiction NEW TX 649 .P68 A3 2012 (Text to phone) Checked out 01/02/2015
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General Note: Orignally published: London : Davies, 1968.
Summary: 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. It is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman, who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high.

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