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    Default A question about barmaids

    Does anyone know how old a woman would have to be to become a barmaid in the 1870s? I am assuming she would have to be at least 18 but things may have been different then.

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    Why 18?

    I think she would just have to be old enough to work and big enough to see over the bar!

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    That's what I meant when I said that things may have been different then! Very different!

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    I agree with Peter.
    See if you can find any drawings or paintings of bar interiors of the period - some may show the staff.

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    I searched the 1871 Census by occupation only - "barmaid". The youngest (2) were 12.
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    The 'job description' may have changed over time as well.
    'Barmaid' originally may just have been a maid who worked in a bar (cleaning, washing pots, etc) and not today's version who serves behind the bar. (That may have started during WW1 when women first began to do men's jobs.)

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