Posted by Leslie on April 01, 1998 at 20:47:48:
In response to Two Equestrian Questions, written by Jenna on April 01, 1998 at 19:33:35
I recently purchased a book What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens knew , by Daniel Pool; and the chapter on servants states that a wealthy house would have "outdoor staff consisting of a coachman (who maintains as well as drove the coach, a groom (who looked after horses)". It goes on to mention a gardener and gamekeeper for country houses.
I hope this helps!
] I am working on a novel (aren't we all?) in which there is a character of a servant--a groom/coachman. The family he works for is quite well off and my question is: would taking care of the horses and carriages be the work of one individual or of two--a lowly lackey and a well-respected coachman?
] My other question is, if you were a gentleman of that era, what names would you prefer for your horse (if at all) and dogs. I just can't imagine Mr. Darcy riding a "Lady" nor calling for "Sparky" to find the fox.
] These are rather peculiar, lame questions, but I'm a stickler for being as close to the truth as possible.
] I extend my sincerest gratitude in advance to anyone kind enough to respond.
- "What Jane Austen Ate...." Marie B 21:56:59 4/02/98 (0)
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