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  1. So many of the houses in the west end are so big, with three stories and very deep — was it that the families that lived there were so big? For servants? Were these houses built to be occupied by folks considered “middle class” or what? My father’s family lived in this general area, but in apartments, during and after the depression.

    • Look carefully at the front doors of those big houses–you’ll be surprised how many of them are actually two-family apartment buildings. But yes, the wealthy just had really big houses, part of which was for servants.

    • Just as in “Downton Abbey” and countless other OldeBritClassDramas, “Downstairs” lived “Upstairs” – but on the third floor.

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