February 16th, 2008

Wages in 1890s England

  Can anyone help me with a general idea of average wages for a housekeeper in Victorian England? My character is a housekeeper for the church and the priest in the rectory. 

I have googled "wages united kingdom 1890" and "income united kingdom 1890" without much success.

Thanks!

Belinda 

Baptist ministers and clerical collars

Searched: "clerical collar", "Baptist minister clerical collar"

Setting: U.S., early 1950's, but general info is also welcome.

Simple question for a fanfic: is it ever heard of for a Baptist minister to wear a clerical collar? From what I've gathered, the Baptists (particularly the Southern Baptists) don't cotton to such things.

To be more specific, my character is a young man who just became a minister in the Free Will Baptist Church of West Virginia. He's meeting some old buddies for the first time since he became a minister, and I want them to see him and stare at some visual cue that "OMG you're a preacher now?!" If it would be really anathema for a Baptist minister like him to wear a clerical collar, what other visible sign could he show? (He is not bringing around his Bible, it's an army reunion.)

How did police in the 60s check number plates?

When: Late 1960s (probably '68)
Where: UK
Searches: Googled '1960s police vehicle checks' and similar strings.

I need some coppers, who have a partial number plate, a make, model and colour of a car to find out who it belongs to. Would they phone a central registration office? And would someone then have to check thousands of file-cards? All I really need is a rough idea of the procedure and how long it might take. I'm afraid I'm entirely computer-dependent and can't imagine life before the PNC check...

Thanks in advance for any help!