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The were few outward signs of the affection between Hudson and "Mrs" Bridges other than the use of Christian names – Angus and Kate – when out of earshot of the other servants. Nevertheless, when Mrs Bridges appeared before a court in 1907 charged with kidnapping a baby, it was Hudson's promise to marry and care for her that got her off with a light punishment. The marriage was ultimately deferred until 1930 when the two married quietly at a register office just before moving to begin a new life running a seaside boarding house.

"You haff been using zis?" The offbeat black-and-white episode A Suitable Marriage saw lugubrious footman Alfred falling in love with a wealthy German aristocrat – the unfortunately named Baron von Rimmer – who was staying at 165. The baron was in fact a spy, and flirted with Elizabeth in order to try to gain naval secrets from Richard. Discovered, the baron fled, dumping Elizabeth and taking Alfred with him instead! The episode was considered too controversial for American TV (at any time of the day or night), even though in Britain it got an afternoon repeat in 1973. Nevertheless, events in the episode never got to the stage shown in the lower photo, which is presumably the actors messing around!

In 1908, Sarah fell for the charms of Thorkil Kraft, valet to a Swedish acquaintance of James, Captain Ryttsen. Initially convinced she was helping Kraft to surreptitiously steal valuable antiques from number 165, she was double-crossed by Kraft and Ryttsen who fled and left Sarah to explain things to the police. She was fined by a court and sacked from the Bellamy household but later returned to their employ after she miscarried James' child.

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