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The hall boy was the lowest ranked male servant on the staff of a great house. His name derived from the main venue of his job, the Servants' Hall. He may also have slept in one of the halls below stairs, making him, literally, a ‘hall boy’.
Like his female counterpart, the scullery maid, the hall boy would have been expected to work up to 16 hours per day, seven days per week. He would have been an assistant to the lowest footman and would therefore have had the most disagreeable tasks in the house, such as emptying chamber pots for the higher-ranking male servants, and cleaning their boots. In some households the hall boy would have served in the Servant’s Hall, in other households this fell to a junior footman or maid. The hall boy would have been expected to perform any additional duties requested of him.
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