Housekeeper retires from hall after more than 40 years

Maureen Blows is retiring as Gunby Hall housekeeper after 42 years.
Maureen Blows is retiring as Gunby Hall housekeeper after 42 years.

Gunby Hall housekeeper Maureen Blows is hanging up her duster after keeping the National Trust property looking spotless for more than 40 years.

Maureen started at Gunby as a live-in domestic help in 1967 when the Wrisdale family were tenants. She occupied a bedroom and living room on the top floor until she married husband Pete in 1970. Pete and Maureen then moved into a cottage on the Gunby estate where they still are today. Maureen took some time off work to raise her two sons, but in all has clocked up a very impressive 42 years in the job.

Maureen said: “Gunby has not just been my place of work, it has been my home. I have really enjoyed being part of its story. It is great to leave on a high after Gunby’s most successful year yet with record breaking visitor numbers.”

House manager Astrid Gatenby said: “Maureen will be greatly missed, especially her knowledge of where we can find every little thing in the house. Maureen did not just clean and care for the house, she is also a very able and creative flower arranger.”

Staff are holding a farewell dinner for Maureen later this month. She is looking forward to spending more time with Pete and going on caravan holidays together.