Outrage was expressed today when police announced the discovery of the so-called "Downton Abbey" where a family lived a life of luxury and kept their servants in appalling conditions. Whilst the family enjoyed modern conveniences such as electricity and motorised transport, those working for them lived a life lit by candles and gas lamps in small rooms at the top of the house.
The servants were mostly kept hidden from view downstairs and the family summoned them by ringing a bell. The family insisted on being called "my lord" and "my lady" and made their staff assist them with such menial tasks as dressing (often numerous times in the day).
Investigators have commented that is was as if the household was kept in some kind of time warp and all the occupants were completely removed from reality. Specialists have been called in to help those leaving the establishments to cope with the trauma of confronting modern life.
Reports suggest that some of the former occupants have faked their own deaths in order to escape.
To add to their humiliation it was revealed that the servants were frequently filmed throughout their daily lives.