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Follow the Washing to Lilac Cottage

By Philip_H
Washing hung out between the washhouse and outside toilet at White Cottage, Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire.

A museum notice states that "The outside toilet was a common feature of country dwellings even after the First World War. After using the toilet, earth was added, hence the term, earth closet. Bad smells were a problem and Lilacs were traditionally planted next to the building. The fragrance of the flowers giving some 'relief' in May and June. This also gave rise to a euphemism for visiting the toilet, 'going to Lilac Cottage'."

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Tags: North yorkshire Washing Black and white Washing line Ryedale Hutton-le-hole White cottage Ryedale folk museum Outside toilet Lilac Cottage earth closet

Voters: woolybill1, adagio, mike9005 and 42 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2019 9:11AM
Private lives and secrets on display...
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
30 Jun 2019 9:51AM
just beautiful
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
30 Jun 2019 11:40AM
There is something universally appealing about clothes on a line. Excellent shot and write up. (We used an outdoor toilet will into the 1950's)
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2019 12:44PM
Excellent photography...
Isabel GrinGrin
Superb image and a great insight into the outside loo

30 Jun 2019 8:49PM
Excellent Philip..Lin
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
30 Jun 2019 9:19PM
HA! there is a patch of lilacs here-- always wondered why they chose to plant them where they did---
Fefe Plus
9 54 34 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2019 5:48PM
We were in Hutton le Hole on the same day GrinGrinGrinGrin
We might have passed each other Wink
9 Jul 2019 4:16AM
Bloomers ! In more ways than one
Cheers Walt

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