Houses in the village did not have bathrooms.

There were no toilets inside the house, they were in a small building in the garden. They were not flush toilets as we have today and, therefore, once a week the Soil Cart came to the village and emptied the toilets.

Newspaper was cut up and used for toilet paper.

Bathtime usually took place once a week. A tin bath was carried in and placed in front of the range. Water which was brought in from the well, was heated on the range or in the copper and then poured into the bath.

The whole family would have, in turn, used the same water. Bathtime was a family event.

A Tin Bath

Most of the houses in the village were terraced and would usually have had only two bedrooms. A lot of the children in the village came from large families, anything from five children to sometimes ten or twelve. In some families, as many as five children shared the same bed. Three at one end and two at the other.

As there was no central heating, the bedrooms, during the winter months, were very cold. To warm the bed, a brick was put into the range to heat up, it was then placed between the sheets, similar to hot water bottles today.

Agnes Stephenson remembers.
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