This was a multi-functional area. It provided facilities for household cleaning and some laundry, although in Bath laundry was also often sent out to the nearby village of Weston. These cleaning jobs were always kept separate from the Kitchen. The Scullery Maid probably also slept in this room.
The Scullery Maid or scullion was the lowest of the servant hierarchy and likely to be a young girl of 10 to 13 years of age. Her job was to wash pots and pans, and her hands were perpetually raw and covered in chilblains. She also had to scrub floors, dressers and tables and clean away vegetable, meat and fish debris and generally skivvy for the other servants. She did not eat in the Servant’s Hall with the other servants but instead watched over anything still cooking in the kitchen. She was paid around £2 10 shillings per year, worth approximately £12 today.
Male servants were paid a third to half more than female servants, and male servants were taxed to help fund the fighting in the American War of Independence. The Butler was paid approximately £25 per year (£2,181 today). In addition to this, he would have food, accommodation and extra allowances such as tea, tips, commission when paying Master’s Bills, cast-off clothing (to wear or to sell for profit) and occasionally new clothing. In a house of this size, there was probably only one male servant who undertook the combined roles of the Butler, Footman and Valet.