OCTOBER 15 – OCTOBER 30, 2024

A Day in the Life of Estate Workers Who Work Outside

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Class Description

Much has been written about the indoor servants of a great house, but an aristocratic estate of the Regency era needed as much work outside as inside. While a great house might have an indoor steward and an outdoor steward, these were people who worked directly with the master of the house, as did any landscaper or architect. This two week course will focus more on the people who did the actual labor, looking at both the small estate and the large, and touching on wages as well as duties and where these folks lived. We’ll cover:

1 – Introduction—Small Estates vs. Large Estates
2 – The Stables: Coachmen, Head Grooms, Grooms, Stable Boys, Farrier, Wheelwright, Saddler
3 – The Gardens: Groundskeepers, Master or Head Gardener, Under Gardeners, Weeders, Shovel Work
4 – The Woodlands: Gamekeepers and Foresters
5 – The Outbuildings: Dairy, Brew House, Ice House, Still Room

6 – The Home Farm: Cattlemen, Shepherds, Ploughmen, Orchardmen, Pigmen
7 – The Other Laborers: Gatekeeper, Woodworker, Stonemason, Bricklayer, Plasterer, Glazier, Plumber, Thatcher, Washer Women, Itinerant Workers (harvest, tinkers, drovers)
8 – Summary—Estate Villages

Shannon Donnelly

About the Instructor

Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including the Indie BRAG Gold Medallion, a nomination for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid® Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.” Her Regency romance, Lady Chance, and her Regency romance novella, Davinia’s Duke, were each awarded the IndieBRAG Gold Medallion. Davinia’s Duke also won the Booksellers’ Best Award for best novella, judged by readers and booksellers. Learn more at www.shannondonnelly.com

Class Delivery

This class consists of 8 written PDF lessons with illustrations, which will be posted on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Links to videos will be posted. Additional video meetings to show a PowerPoint presentation and for Q&A will be offered the first and last weeks of class.

Class Format


Written Lectures: 8 Lectures with images
Video Lectures: Some links to videos
Pictures: included with lectures
Audio Files: none
Writing Exercises: none 

Class Fees

$20 for RFW members
$35 for non-members

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Scholarships are available for members

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