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The Warp

Lucy the Maid

My first impression of the house was one of amazement. I had never seen anything quite as grand, and the longer I was there, the more I loved it, and still do. I was fourteen when I first went to work there in 1945.

The wonderful plaster ceilings depicted four sports; fox hunting, deer stalking, otter hunting and, I think, cock fighting.

Quite often I was in the house looking after just one of the Sandford family as they didn’t like to go away together and leave me alone, as I was so young.

When Mrs Sandford used to leave home, she would leave a menu of what I had to cook for Mr Sandford, and it was Mrs Sandford who taught me a lot of the cooking I know. However, when she was gone, we would eat what we liked, she never knew!

Mr Sandford was very fond of cauliflower cheese and chips, but Mrs Sandford didn’t like him to have chips too often. Mr Sandford would say, “What are we having for dinner tonight, Lucy?” and I would show him the menu. Then he would say, “Cauliflower cheese and chips?”

There was a big garden, so we grew all the vegetables we needed. I loved the garden, and always remember the peonies. There was an orchard beyond the garden, and in the spring it was full of daffodils, but the horses were put in there and would trample them.

I used to cook all the meals, and every Friday would scrub the floor of the kitchen and scullery.


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