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Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837
'Guard Chamber: Sewers of the Chamber 1660-1782', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 68-77. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43785 Date accessed: 21 August 2014.
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Sewers of the Chamber 1660–1782
Sewers of the Chamber in Ordinary without fee 1661–?1685
Sewers of the Chamber in Extraordinary 1660–?1685; 1689–?; 1720–1723
The sewers of the chamber attended in the guard chamber, performing menial tasks at the direction of the gentlemen ushers. They were eight in number and were appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant. (fn. 1) These offices were abolished in 1782. (fn. 2) The remuneration amounted to £38 15s 7d consisting of wages of £11 8s 1d and board wages of £27 7s 6d. Early in the period they were also allowed fees of honour, worth about £5 under Queen Anne (fn. 3) Extra sewers were appointed in 1720 and 1723.
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