Necessary Woman's Office

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Necessary Woman's Office
Board of Admiralty Flag 19th to early 20th Century.gif
Cleaning Office overview
Formed1694
Dissolved1882
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Whitehall
London
Cleaning Office executive
  • Admiralty Necessary Woman
    (1694-1832)
Parent Cleaning OfficeAdmiralty Secretariat
(1694-1832)

The Necessary Woman's Office was established in 1694 the office was responsible for Cleaning Department of the Department of Admiralty building. The office was managed by the Admiralty Necessary Woman until 1786 when this office was merged with the House Keepers Office.[1]

History

The Board of Admiralty approved the appointment of a Cleaner or Necessary Woman established in 1694. She was to be paid a salary, £20 per annum, the office holder was given incremental pay rises rising to £35 p.a by 1782 equivalent to £5600 at 2017 prices.[2] In 1786 the Necessary Woman assumed extra responsibility's of the duties of the Housekeepers Office until 1800 when that distinct office was abolished. In 1832 the Necessary Woman's was officially re designated the Housekeeper's Office.[3]

Head of the Cleaning Department

Admiralty Necessary Woman

  • 1694-1706, Elizabeth Buck.[4]
  • 1706-1720, Anne Lindsey.[5]
  • 1720-1722, Mary Lindsey.[6]
  • 1722-1729, Mary Roberts.[7]
  • 1729-1762, Christian Clack.[8]
  • 1762-1767, Jane Clack.[9]
  • 1767-1775, Elizabeth Reynolds.[10]
  • 1775-1794, Elizabeth Butler.[11]
  • 1794-1816, Elizabeth Hill.[12]
  • 1816-1823, Anne Robinson.[13]
  • 1823-1832, Helen Blackie.[14]

Footnotes

  1. Sainty, J. C. (1975). "Necessary Woman (Housekeeper) c. 1694-1865: British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. University of London. p. 75. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  2. "£35 in 1782 → 2017 - UK Inflation Calculator". www.in2013dollars.com. Alioth LLC. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  3. Sainty. p.75.
  4. Sainty, J. C. (1975). "Alphabetical list of officials: A-J British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. University of London. pp. 106–135. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  5. Sainty, J. C. (1975). "Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. University of London. pp. 135–159. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  6. Sainty. pp.135-159.
  7. Sainty. pp.135-159.
  8. Sainty. pp.106-135.
  9. Sainty. pp.106-135.
  10. Sainty. pp.135-159.
  11. Sainty. pp.106-135.
  12. Sainty. pp.106-135.
  13. Sainty. pp.135-159.
  14. Sainty. pp.106-135.

Bibliography

  1. 'Necessary Woman (Housekeeper) c. 1694-1865', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), p. 75. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/p75 [accessed 19 July 2019].
  2. 'Alphabetical list of officials: A-J', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), pp. 106-135. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/pp106-135 [accessed 19 July 2019].
  3. 'Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), pp. 135-159. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/pp135-159 [accessed 19 July 2019].