Hatfield House's Servants
By Charlotte Jordan
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
This photograph of the domestic staff at Hatfield House in the 1890s was rescued from the dustbin of a local house a few years ago. The names of the 24 staff are not known but it includes the butler, housekeeper, cooks, footmen, valets, personal maids and parlour-maids.
Hatfield - A Pictorial History
Hospitality at Hatfield was a year-round affair. When Lord Cranborne came of age in 1882, dinner was served to more than 350 guests. There were “modern” comforts at Hatfield and it was the first private house in the country to use electricity. In 1841 the Marquis of Salisbury had a handful of servants and ten years later, the staff had almost doubled.
This page was added on 31/08/2011.