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

General

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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Volunteers

We are currently on a volunteer drive to make sure the history of Joseph Thomson and the heritage of Penpont, Keir and Tynron continues well into the future.

We are planning a training package for volunteers and a buddy system for the first year. This means new guides will have support from the beginning to help their knowledge and confidence to grow.

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