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Local Popul Stud. 2010 Spring;(84):11-30.

Domestic service in a small market town: Crickhowell, 1851-1901.

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Local History Centre at Kingston University.

Abstract

This article exemplifies the importance of longitudinal studies of Victorian census materials for interpreting the characteristics and economic role of domestic servants in Crickhowell, a small market centre situated in the middle-Usk valley, in south-east Wales. It focuses on issues of continuity and change and the place-specific characteristics of this important occupational group that cannot be detected through cross-sectional 'snapshots' from individual censuses. A brief introduction to the physical setting and townscape of Crickhowell sets the scene. The definition and characteristics of domestic service are then examined. This leads to a sequential analysis of the demographic profiles and migration histories of co-resident domestic servants. Finally, an exercise in house repopulation focused on the core of the town identifies types of household supporting co-resident servants and their spatial distribution in the built-environment.

PMID:
20527153
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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