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Victorian Walk

The Laundry In Late Victorian Times

Water had to be collected by bucket.

Water heated in wood/coal fired coppers in a lean-to at back of house.

Dirty water poured into a soak away pit. There was no mains drainage until 1965.

Lighting – candles and oil lamps. There was no electricity until the 1920s.

Soap – bars of washing soap. Soap to put in coppers of hot water was grated.

Dirty clothes were scrubbed or rubbed on corrugated wash board.

Posser or posher used to move clothes up and down in wash tub.

Solid irons were heated on a rack in front of coal fire range.

In the early 1900s there was a pyramid coke stove in middle of the floor on which flat irons were heated.

Water was removed from washing with a mangle.

Clothes were dried on lines in the garden in fine weather. There were rows of them. In bad weather the clothes were hung on lines in a shed, heated by a coal/wood stove.

The dirty clothes were collected from the big houses in one of 2 baskets on a 3 wheeled trolley. Mr Randall used to push the trolley round the village.

The freshly laundered clothes were returned in the second wicker hamper.

The ironing was done in the back room of the end house and the folding and packing of the clean laundry was done in the front room.

The laundry was still operating until the Second World War when it became difficult to get soap.

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Terry Trayton

What a wonderful idea this project is. It involves children in a practical way by getting them involved in their local history. I can see a huge amount of research has gone into this and I have learned a lot from it. I am not a local person myself but I often visit Chipperfield and, with a friend, I take country walks in the area. I purchased my present vehicle from a local garage and often buy bedding plants from a local nursery so I suppose I can claim some connection with the village. I congratulate all the young pupils involved in this project and wish them a very successful future. Well done!!

July 11, 2011

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