Penpont Heritage Centre

The Wash House

Drawing by Jill HutchinsonThe water pump housed in the sandstone mount, in the back yard, supplied all the domestic water for the home - for drinking, cooking, bathing and cleaning.
Water was also drawn from here for the boiler and washhouse. On wash days the boiler would be filled, the fire lit beneath and the water heated for washing. When warm, some water would be bailed off into a tub and used to wash dirty clothing. Clothes would be rubbed on a washboard or agitated by a wooden ‘posser’. Cottons or linens might then be boiled.

Drawing by Jill HutchinsonWhen cleaned and rinsed, most of the water was removed by wringing or twisting each item. Then they were put through the mangle to squeeze the rest of the water out.

The washed clothing would then be hung out to dry. Finally, the dried clothing and bedding would be ironed with a flat iron, heated by the range.

People had much less clothing than we are accustomed to today. The general rule was: “one on, one off (in the wash) and one for best”.

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General

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The Centre will open for the 2017 season at East weekend, Saturday 15 April and will be open Saturdays and Sundays thereafter until the end of September. If you wish to come to the centre at other times, we are very happy to arrange a suitable time. Click here to contact us.

 

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EVENT! We are organising a nature and history walk around Keir on Sunday 23 July 2017, starting from the Village Hall at 1.20pm. This walk is being led by Hugh Buck, who is the secretary of the Group, ably supported by Sophia Harkness. The walk will go down to Courthill, along to Scaurbank and back to Keir along the river. If you want you can join the walk in Keir. There should be some interesting information. We will return to the Hall for afternoon tea and a look at some photos, old and new of Keir. Donations to assist in the running of the Local Heritage Centre will be gratefully received. Come along. If you want to book a place, please contact Sophia on 01848 330411, Hugh on 01848 330933 or Maureen on 01848 331529. You can contact us by e-mail by clicking here.

 

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