Work on the Estate


In 1911, of 214 residents aged 14 or over 128 were in employment.  There were sixteen farmers or farm workers, twenty one gardeners, nineteen domestic servants, and four laundresses, and a number of jobs relating to the estate or the major houses (butler, cook, groom, chauffeur, coachman, gamekeeper).

Only twelve people are likely to have worked outside the estate – a banker, two lawyers, a surgeon, an engineer, an insurance clerk, two chocolate manufacturers (the Frys), two golf links workers, the toll keeper on the Clifton Suspension Bridge and – the only woman working outside the village - a draper’s assistant.

Employment in Abbots Leigh 1911
  No Percent
Farmers and farm workers 16 13
Gardeners 21 16
Domestic Service 19 15
Estate Workers 25 20
Laundresses 4 3
Professional Workers 13 10
Other 30 23
Total 128 100