The household below stairs: Necessary Woman to the Household

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Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.

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Necessary Woman to the Household or Board of Greencloth

1674–1685; 1727–1830

The necessary woman to the household was appointed by the clerks of the green cloth in rotation. Her salary fell from £115 to £50 5s per annum in 1829. The necessary woman to the lord steward's apartments was paid £10 per annum. (fn. 1)

In addition, a woman who cleaned the Household offices and carried away soil made £49 12s 6d per annum. (fn. 2)

Necessary Woman to the Household

(from 1742 to the Board of Greencloth) 1674–1685; 1727–?

1674 4 May Dodd, A.
1677 c. 15 Mar. Simmons, J.
1727 1 July Rowman, J.
1742 1 Apr. Fox, E.
1779 23 Nov. Spencer, A.
1802 26 May Mackay, A.

Necessary Woman to the Lord Steward's Apartments 1815–1830

1815 10 July Bennett, M.


  • 1. LS 2/56; LS 2/41.
  • 2. LS 2/25.