What is a Scullery Maid and where did the term originate?

The term scullery maid originated from Old French: escueillier, a place where bowls are kept.

A scullery maid was (and still is, although the term isn’t as common as it was in the Middle Ages) a kitchen helper.

In the Middle Ages, many wealthy folks in England had the luxury of being able to afford scullery maids.

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