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I've been watching the first episode of The Paradise, set in an 1870's department store.
One thing that puzzled me - when Denise got offered a job in the store, she was expected to move into staff quarters in the shop with the other staff girls. I know household servants usually lived within the house they worked in, but I'd kind of assumed that that wasn't really the case in big shops. Especially for a girl whose uncle happens to live just over the road from said big shop.
Would Denise really have been expected to live in the shop's staff quarters? Anyone know?
As its based on a ( rather excellent) 19th century novel by Emile Zola, it would have been accurate. Certainly, where I lived it would not have been uncommon for shop workers to lodge with their employers. My local graveyard has a poignant headstone dedication to a young boy who came to work for the local menswear store and lived in a little room above the shop. He died in the flu epidemic of 1918. I also attended the funeral a few weeks ago of a wonderful old lady, a friend of my grandparents, who died aged 103. She had come to work for a local drapery, lodged with the owners and eventually inherited and kept it open until her recent death.