The world’s oldest household staff agency…
Prior to 1845, a Miss Sarah Williamson ran a small business at King Street, Derby supplying local situations with the servants they required. In 1845, Sarah Massey, having been left destitute with two children on the death of her husband, a solicitor, received a proposal from Miss Williamson that she should take over the King Street Registry as a gift and so maintain herself and bring up her children. Thus Mrs Massey’s Agency was born.
In 1875, the second Mrs Sarah Massey took over. She made a great success of it “so that throughout the country Mrs Massey’s became a household word and she became an authority on matters pertaining to Domestic Service”.