Domestic Service

Crossing the ocean to Norfolk (1950s/60s)

Gwen came to the UK from St Helena in 1955 at 20 years old to work at Kimberley Hall, Norfolk. She now lives in Norwich. From St Helena to Norfolk In St Helena, they had a Government scheme where they recruited young women to come over for domestic work. My sister wanted to come and […]

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From St Helena to Kimberley Hall (1950s/60s)

Heather Massey came to the UK from St. Helena and worked as a maid at Kimberley Hall in Wymondham. She married and stayed in Norfolk where she still lives.   Arriving at Kimberley Hall I come from St. Helena, we had a wonderful upbringing and we all used to help on the farm. We came from […]

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The Kitchen Maid

Alice was born on 22 November 1915 and went to Norwich Road School in Thetford. "I was born in Peterborough … I came to Thetford when I was 2."

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The London Kitchen Maid

The contributor was born in 1920 at Silkworth, near Sunderland. Her father was a miner and when the mine closed her family moved to London. She became a kitchen maid in the Victoria area at 14, then worked in a restaurant along with her sister before going back into service.  

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