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John Martin and Jane Wareham

The story of John and Jane who worked in The Royal Household for Queen Victoria and then married each other.

Jane Wareham

Jane was born seven years after Ellis in July 1825, again in Esher. She was the youngest of the 6 girls.

I had previously ascertained from the archivist at The Royal Archives that Jane entered the Royal Household as a Coffee Room Assistant in 1844 and resigned her position as Second Assistant in the Coffee Room on 25th October 1859. I found that she married a John Martin in the December 1859 quarter which must be connected to her resignation. They were still alive on the 1901 census, Jane now being 75 years old. I have found neither on the 1911 census and presume they had probably both died by then.

The recently published staff records provide information on the sisters annual salary : Ellis @ 50 per annum and Jane @ 30 per annum. Ellis, presumably as the more senior, also got half a crown "Board wages (can't read ?)" and liveries (clothing allowance) of "6 for silk stockings and hair powder" (


John Martin
As described above, John married Jane Wareham in 1859. I hadn't previously found out anything particularly interesting about him other than that he was working for the Royal Household both on the 1871 and 1881 censuses. However, the new Royal Household Staff Records have unearthed some very interesting details.
It seems John was born in 1819 and was employed "occasionally" in the Lord Stewards department from 1831 to 1837. He was then appointed Coal Porter in 1837 and became Head Coal Porter two years later. In 1863 he became Yeoman of the Ewry (kitchen position) and then in 1881 Groom of the Great Chamber in the Lord Chamberlain's Department. (
What is interesting then, is that, after Victoria died in January 1901, he was reappointed at the age of 82 "into the Place and Quality of one of the Grooms of the Great Chamber to His Majesty", King Edward V11 ( He therefore began his royal service at the age of 12 and was still working at the age of 82 having been reappointed by Queen Victoria's son.
I believe the Groom of the Great Chamber was responsibile for the condition and presentation of public rooms ? However, I am still doing more research on this and the other positions held by John and Ellis / Jane.

The above is all I have at the moment, but I am very keen to discover whether there were any staff photographs from that period so that I can put faces to these interesting relatives.

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