I very much enjoyed the first season of Downton Abbey & as I grow more absorbed in the story lines & characters, it got me thinking more about life below stairs. My family immigrated from across the pond & we come from very much below stairs roots. When I lived in the UK for 3 years, I toured a lot of stately piles. As impressive as upstairs was, I loved downstairs - always was intrigued by the work that had to have been needed to keep up such BIG places. Yup - I'm a peasant at heart.
I found a couple of web sites - it's not hard - that detail a servant's life & the hierarchy below stairs. The second site is great. It also gives servants' salaries - back then & in today's dollars. There's an added comment. If the salaries in today's dollars seem ridiculously low... there were no taxes to be paid & few of today's expenses either. No phone or other media bills, no vehicles to pay for, etc.