School is in for young butlers
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Children learn what it takes to run a country home

Children have been discovering how hard servants had to work to run a stately home.

Butler School at Wrest Park in Silsoe, Bedfordshire teaches pupils about the history and hierarchy of servants.

Children were shown how to serve drinks and canap├ęs at parties and the correct way to lay a table.

Georgina Harris from English Heritage said: "Wrest Park has a long history as being a magnificent stately home.

"[It was the] home of the de Grey family and obviously they would have had lots of servants, lots of butlers, so it's quite fitting."

One of the children taking part said: "I've learnt that being a butler isn't that easy."

  • 16 Feb 2017