One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person employed to clean and tidy students' rooms in a college, especially at Cambridge.
- ‘By arrangement with Housekeeping, cleaning materials will be left by the bedmaker when a party is to be held on a Friday or Saturday night.’
- ‘Monday through Friday the College bedmakers will tidy each room and make up the bed.’
- ‘The woman chosen to be bedmaker and attendant was to be fifty years of age, of good name and fame, and ready to help the poor men if they fell sick.’
- ‘Bed linen is provided by the College and, for residents of single rooms, is changed weekly by the bedmakers.’
- ‘Similarly in 1881 it was occupied by a college bedmaker, John Pyke, and his wife and three grown-up children.’
- ‘Students are required to ensure that bedmakers have access to their rooms at least once each week.’
- ‘Now there's Mrs Bradley, sir, she's bedmaker on staircase Q.’
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