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Servants and estate workers
The Earls of Darnley employed numerous people to work in the
hall and grounds, some of whom were from Cobham village or other
villages in the locality but also many who originated outside Kent.
The censuses from 1841 to 1901 include Cobham Hall and list
butlers, housemaids, cooks, dairy maids, grooms, gardeners,
Several records in the Darnley Archive will be of interest to
family historians who had ancestors who worked on the estate. They
include various wages records, sickness records and occasionally,
references for individuals have also survived.
These images are from the Darnley Archive and Local Studies
collections. To see the originals please contact Medway Archives
and Local Studies Centre.
Select an image for a larger version
Left. Shooting party, probably including gamekeepers on
the Cobham Estate. Early 20th century [U565_E647].
Right. The stables and coach house at Cobham Hall. 20th
Left. Part of a list of labourers invited to dinner.
Right. Extract from the Cobham Estate accounts, showing
wages paid to some of the servants. 1796 [U565_A15a].
Left. Letter from Charles Gould to John Bligh, 3rd Earl
of Darnley, with character reference for John Onion, a footman.
Right. Part of a letter addressed to "Bennett" from the
6th Earl of Darnley, about arrangements for a pension and light
duties in the stables as a result of ill-health. 1899
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