Society was represented in miniature within a country house. The master was in charge and assumed an overall responsibility for the welfare and morals of his workers and tenants. He was taught to lead by example, and everyone who lived or worked on the estate was expected to know their place in the social order and ‘doff their cap’ to their master. Tenants who lived on estate land paid rent to the lord or master, while estate workers depended on him for their livelihoods.
The master and mistress would lead the way when an event of local or national importance took place. Many significant events such as coronation celebrations and ‘coming of age’ parties were celebrated at Doncaster’s country houses, with tenants and workers allowed to take time off work and join in.