Real life Downton maid is 100
A WOMAN who experienced the maid’s life illustrated in the hit TV series Downton Abbey has celebrated her 100th birthday.
From the age of 14, Pru Misselbrook worked below stairs as a maid for a rich family in London.
Over the years she worked her way upstairs to become a lady’s maid where she met her husband Bert, who was a butler and later became a personal assistant to the American ambassador.
After spending the Second World War in Blackpool, the couple moved to London where they had their only daughter Lesley in 1946.
Pru continued to work in numerous roles as a cook until she finally retired aged 77.
When Bert died, Pru moved to Keats Drive in Macclesfield to be closer to her family in the early 1990s.
She has four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
The church has played a big part in her life. She has been a member of Broken Cross methodist church, the church of the Resurrection, St Michael’s Church and Tytherington Family Worship Church.
Her daughter Lesley said: “Mum has always been a fiercely independent woman. This came from the fact she left home to start work at just 14 and had to look after herself in a strange new environment.
“The way she described her first job is something we recognised in Downton Abbey, with the family life upstairs and the staff life downstairs.
“She met dad there and they eloped to marry in 1937, which is very romantic.”
Unfortunately Pru had to celebrate her landmark birthday on December 14 at Macclesfield Hospital after becoming ill.
Lesley said: “The staff on ward 11 were brilliant and made a great fuss of mum.
“We had a party with family. Mum loved her card from the Queen.”
●● Pru Misselbrook