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Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837
'The bedchamber: Pages of the Backstairs 1760-1837', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 29-30. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43772 Date accessed: 31 July 2014.
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Pages of the Backstairs 1760–1837
Pages Man 1813–?
Before 1760 the term `page of the backstairs' was occasionally used to denote the pages of the bedchamber (who often waited and met visitors at the backstairs) and during the reign of Anne the latter were so described in warrants of appointment. As these servants moved indoors to perform tasks in the bedchamber itself, a new set of servants emerged whose task was to attend at the backstairs. After 1760 the term was used specifically to denote this body of pages as distinct from the pages of the bedchamber. These pages of the backstairs, who were appointed in the same manner as the pages of the bedchamber, were six in number. (fn. 1) Originally they all received salaries of £100. This was increased in 1782 to £200. By 1823 they had been placed on a scale ranging from £240 to £290. (fn. 2)
[NB: Might serve the Pages of the Presence]
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