Servants synonym ? Crossword clue at Big One crossword The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) on 19 May 2017. 10 letters
The answer is DOMESTICS
Throughout Britain domestic service was the largest occupation of women in the nineteenth-century. Domestic servants were divided into upper and lower classes. Only a handful of households in the Hastings district were able to employ the stereotypical assortment of ‘upper’ servants such as butler, footman, governess, skilled cook, housekeeper, senior parlour-maid, head house-maid and lady’s maid, as well as the ‘lower’ servants including kitchen-maid, scullery-maid, laundress, nursemaid, housemaid, stable-boy etc. For smaller households the priority was to employ female ‘lower’ servants to perform the dirty, heavy work.