Arthur Munby says 'The bondager is strictly a servant in husbandry: she is hired to do outdoor work, and that only. If there is nothing to do in the fields, she often helps to do the dirty work of her master's house(the hind's) or her master's master's house(the farmer's); just as at Halton I saw the bondager busy at the washtub: but she is not bound to such trivial tasks: she may lounge about like a lad and whistle or snooze until she is ordered afield.'
I like the description of her lounging about like a lad! Interesting that he chooses 'trivial' when writing this comment about washing!
Labouring Life in the Victorian Countryside - Pamela Horn page 256 - Vol. 21 Munby Diaries - Trinity College Cambridge.