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Ashford, Mary Ann (1787–1870), domestic servant and autobiographer, was born on 30 October 1787 in London, where she was baptized at St Mary Woolnoth on 2 December 1787, the second child of Joseph Ashford (d. 1800), tanner, and his wife, Jane, née...

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Boxall, Nellie (1890–1965), cook and servant, was born on 2 November 1890 at 353 Somers Road, Farncombe, a small town in rural Surrey. She was the youngest of the ten children (six daughters and four sons) of Henry Boxall (1846–1891), an agricultural labourer and later a railway worker, originally from ...

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Wolley [other married name Challiner], Hannah (b. 1622?, d. in or after 1674), author of works on cookery, medicine, and household affairs, never mentions her father in her writings, and his name is unknown. Her mother and elder sisters 'were very well skilled in Physick and Chirurgery', and she learned a little about medical practice from them, and more under the patronage of a noblewoman, almost certainly ...