Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.
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DEPARTMENT OF THE LORD STEWARD or Household Below Stairs
Board of Green Cloth -Lord Steward 1660–1837
The lord steward presided over the Household Below Stairs. In addition to making contracts and overseeing the activity of the board of green cloth, he was the principal judge for all offences committed within the verge. The office of lord steward was in the gift of the Crown. Appointments were made by the delivery of a white staff. (fn. 1) The remuneration attached to the office amounted to £1,460, consisting of wages of £100, board wages of £1,360, lodgings and plate worth £400. From 1733 the lord steward enjoyed an additional salary of £1,540 payable at the Exchequer, bringing the total to £3,000. (fn. 2) In 1812 the Household salary was reduced to £1,103. (fn. 3) In 1830 the Exchequer salary was transferred to the Household and the total remuneration fixed at £2,436 11s. (fn. 4) Early in the period and possibly throughout, the lord steward made thousands of pounds from the sale of office below stairs. (fn. 5)