Maids in History
The lady’s maid was the senior maid of the household and reported only to the lady of the house. She maintained a higher social status than other maids and was paid higher wages. She was responsible for the lady’s clothing and was considered her seamstress and hair stylist.
The cook had a kitchen maid and a scullery maid to help in the kitchen. The kitchen maid reported directly to the cook and had the opportunity to become an assistant to the cook if experience permitted. The scullery maid reported to the kitchen maid and was responsible for cleaning the kitchen floors, pots and pans, stoves and sinks. She was usually the lowest ranking maid in the household.
Additional maids included the parlor maid, who maintained the parlor; the chambermaid, who performed the household chores of washing, grocery shopping, caring for pets, and general cleaning of the house; and the nursery maid, whose job was to clean the nursery and report to the children’s nurse or nanny.
Christine and Lea Papin, who murdered the wife and daughter of their employer. Their story inspired the production of many plays and movies.