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Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837
'Presence Chamber: Pages of the Presence 1660-1837', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 65-68. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43784 Date accessed: 22 October 2014.
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Pages of the Presence 1660–1837
Page of the Presence Chamber `with fee' [?in Extraordinary] 1674–
Page of the Presence in Ordinary [?w/o fee] 1679–?
Pages of the Presence in Extraordinary 1660–?1685; 1718–1721
State Pages 1821–37
The pages of the presence waited in the presence chamber and looked after the fires and performed other menial tasks upon the orders of the gentlemen ushers. They were appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant. Six pages were appointed in 1660–1 of whom two had been retrenched by 1685. (fn. 1) Thereafter the number remained fixed in principle at four until 1812 when it was increased to six. (fn. 2) The remuneration consisted of wages of £2 and board wages of £23 amounting to £25 a year. Early in the period they were also allowed riding wages, livery worth £1 and fees of honour which came to a little over £4 under Anne. (fn. 3) In 1821 the pages were divided into two classes with four pages in each, the first class with salaries ranging from £230 to £260 and the second with salaries ranging from £140 to £170. (fn. 4)
An extra page was appointed in 1718.
Two state pages, appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant, served from 1821. (fn. 5) They received salaries of £280 and £270. (fn. 6)
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