Wash Day

Wash day in the village was always on Monday and it took all day to do the family washing. There were no washing machines or tumble driers. Washing was done in a copper, similar to the picture below.

At the bottom of the copper was a small flap and a fire was lit inside this, with either coal or wood. This was used to heat the water for wash day.

The clothes were then put in the copper and scrubbed on a wash board. They were then put through a mangle to get rid of all the excess water.

Water for wash day was also drawn and carried from the nearby wells.

A Copper
A Mangle
There were no electric or steam irons. The iron had to be heated up on the range, and once hot, it was used while another iron was being heated up. They were then swopped over. (see picture of iron on range).
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