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Margaret, Servant, 1710

Margaret was baptised at St John’s Church, Hackney, in 1710. Her children, Joseph and Katherine were baptised at the same time.

In 1710 Hackney was still surrounded by fields. Many rich people built houses in Hackney. They liked to get away from the crowded streets of London. Large houses needed many servants. By this time a lot of Black people were being brought over from the West Indies to carry out this work.

Although Margaret is given the title servant, she is unlikely to have been paid.



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