This is what life was like for servants who worked at Harewood House across 230 years

By Culture24 Reporter | 29 August 2015

Harewood House, in Yorkshire, has just launched an amazing digital Servants' Database spanning more than 250 years of history

A photo of Robert Illingworth, the butcher of Harewood, during the late 1950s
© Harewood House Trust
This is Robert Illingworth, the butcher of Harewood, pictured during the late 1950s.

A black and white photo of a group of schoolchildren at Harewood House in history
© Harewood House Trust / Elaine Collier
The Harewood School photo from around 1923 shows Arthur Myers stood in front of infants school teacher Miss Cullingworth.

A photo of a farmer ploughing up parkland at Harewood in 1939
© Harewood House Trust / M Muncie
Ploughing up parkland at Harewood in 1939.

A photo of men sitting on the roof of Harewood House
© Harewood House Trust
Men on the roof of the house. Centre front is Joe Pattison, from Newcastle, who worked for a Newcastle firm on the electrics in the house in 1929.

A photo of people picking potatoes on farmland at Harewood House in 1956
© Harewood House Trust / Eric White
Potato picking with Cliff Lancaster, the farm foreman, in October 1956. Eric White is at the cart with string around his coat.

A photo of Sarah Jane Myers, a Still Room Maid at Harewood between 1936 and 1938
© Harewood House Trust / Elaine Collier
Sarah Jane Myers was the Still Room Maid at Harewood between 1936 (when this photo was taken) and 1938.

A photo of children on a nature walk around Harewood House during the 1930s
© Harewood House Trust
Harewood School on a nature walk.

A photo of children on a nature walk around Harewood House during the 1930s
© Harewood House Trust
A photo of cows on the south park credit at Harewood House in Yorkshire
© Harewood House Trust / Eric White
Cows on the south park.

A photo of Clarice Harvey, a Housemaid at Harewood, sitting on the terrace in 1952
© Harewood House Trust / Betty Nicholson
Housemaid Clarice Harvey on the Terrace in around 1952.

A photo of the Queen's coronation ceremony taking place at Harewood House
© Harewood House Trust / Elaine Collier
Coronation celebrations in Harewood in 1953 with tractor driver Dick Riley.

A photo of female members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment at Harewood House
© Harewood House Trust / Jo Gordon
Kitchen staff - the two ladies at the front are head cooks Miss Weeks and Mrs Barratt.

A photo of a group of chefs sitting next to each other in uniform at Harewood House
© Harewood House Trust / Betty Lawrence
A photo of a group of sheep standing on the lawn in front of Harewood House
© Harewood House Trust / Eric White
Sheep in front of the house during the 1960s.

A photo of two farmers standing with a horse and sheepdogs at Harewood House
© Harewood House Trust / Eric White
Estate worker Sidney White and Tony Hammond feeding the sheep.

A black and white photo of a man in uniform standing with a bull on grassland
© Harewood House Trust / Eric White
White at the Yorkshire Show in around 1950.

A photo of the Queen Mother and Princess Mary on the steps of Harewood House
© Harewood House Trust / Betty Nicholson
The Queen Mother and Princess Mary on the steps of the house.

A photo of female members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment at Harewood House
© Harewood House Trust
Members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment preparing food in the kitchen at Christmas (from right: Daphne Elliot, Jo Gordon and Sheila Mummery).

  • Visit the full digitised database, which stretches between 1749 and 1980, at servants.harewood.org. Harewood is holding Summer Discovery Days throughout the Bank Holiday weekend (until August 31 2015).

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Three museums to discover the history of Yorkshire in

Bankfield Museum, Halifax
With its internationally important collection of textiles, weird and wonderful objects from around the world, and a varied programme of exhibitions and events, there is much to see and enjoy at the historic house of the Akroyd family.

, Elvington
A fascinating and dynamic museum, authentically based on a World War Two Bomber Command Station. The unique displays include the original Control Tower, Air Gunners' Collection, Barnes Wallis' prototype 'bouncing bomb' and a superb Airborne Engineers Display.

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, York
Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor, kneel at St William's medieval shrine, see the monsters of the deep that swam when Yorkshire was beneath the sea - and all in the centre of York.
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