The Wash House
Side by side in the small back garden are the wash house and coal shed. It was in the wash house that the Thomas' Monday maid would light the coal fired 'copper' to boil water to do the weekly wash (household washing was always done weekly on a Monday). The water would be carried into the scullery and the washing done by hand.
'….space at back sufficiently large for wash-house, clothes line,
deck-chair, and three sparrows…'
The mangle - the turn of the 20th century equivalent to a spin drier - was also kept there with possibly an indoor clothes line for days when it rained.
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