Diamonds At Dinner : My Life as a Lady's Maid in a 1930s Stately Home. Paperback
by Hilda Newman, Tim Tate
The year was 1935: the twilight of the English aristocracy.
It was a time of wealth and glamour; of lavish balls and evening gowns; of tiaras and a Coronation.
As personal maid to Lady Coventry, Hilda had a unique insight into the leisured life of one of Britain's most noble families. In her fascinating memoir of life upstairs and down, Hilda takes us back to a gilded era which would be brutally swept away by the Second World War.
Hers is a very personal story of being transplanted from a tiny house with no bath or hot water to an eighteenth-century Neo-Palladian mansion surrounded by parkland landscaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. But it is also the remarkable story of the family whose service she entered - and that of Croome Court itself: during World War Two, it housed the Dutch Royal Family - who had fled the Nazi occupation - and it was also home to the top-secret RAF base where radar was developed.
This is Hilda's story.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/09/2013
- Category: Autobiography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9781782196105