"No. The characters and the stories are made up. The picture of life in that period is accurate in some ways but not in others. For instance, a house the size of Downton would have a lot more servants than are shown in the series. Also, social distinctions among the servants tended to be more pronounced than they are in the series. For instance, in a large household, the upper servants - the butler, housekeeper, cook (or chef - many large households had a chef rather than a cook) valets, ladies maids, and head housemaid - had their own private parlour, where they would take their meals. Sometimes other things are not right. For instance, in one recent episode, I noticed that one of the housemaids was told she had been promoted to being a lady's maid. This did not normally happen. being a lady's maid required very specific skills, the most important of which was knowing how to look after clothes - clean them, mend them, do alterations etc. If you wanted to be a lady's maid, you normally did a dressmaker's apprenticeship, you didn't start off as a housemaid. If you are interested in what domestic service in this period was like, I recommend Rosina Harrison's book Rose, My Life In Service. We Danced All Night by Barbara Cartland is good for a description of what life was like for upper class people in the 1920s."
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