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Kingston Lacy Laundry 2

By pamelajean
Following on from my last picture, this image shows the whole of the box mangle in the preserved large estate laundry at Kingston Lacy.

It consisted of a heavy frame containing a large box filled with rocks, resting on a series of long wooden rollers.
Damp laundry could be laid flat under rollers, or wound round the rollers: sometimes enclosed in a sheet in order to keep the laundry clean.
When the rollers were filled, one or two people pulled on levers or turned cranks to move the heavy box back and forth over the rollers.

Thanks for your views, kind words and votes on my previous upload.


Tags: Dorset Architecture Country house National trust Stately home Estate Listed building Wimborne minster Bankes family Wash and press labour to operate

Voters: RonDM, banehawi, Ericsamson and 47 more

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banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4348 Canada
4 May 2022 4:42PM
Ah, the good old days...
James124 Plus
8 65 55 Portugal
4 May 2022 5:05PM
Sounds like really hard work, no doubt some of the "upstairs" people were quite unaware of the labour involved in pressing their shirts.
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
4 May 2022 5:05PM
A really interesting shot,
mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
4 May 2022 5:11PM
The good old days when labour was cheap. It looks a very labour intensive piece of equipment, but well photographed and presented.
af1 Plus
10 1 United Kingdom
4 May 2022 5:24PM
Amazing history poor blighters working this ..lovely photo..Regards Alan
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
4 May 2022 7:53PM
It must work wonders as the laundry looks complicated and pristine!
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
5 May 2022 1:20PM
Seems to be quite an effort to operate one of these! A super image, Pamela 👍🏻 I remember those clothes horses - in fact, I made one in woodwork at school! 😃
Trev 😀
Fenfotos 7 35 3 United Kingdom
5 May 2022 2:06PM
Excellent capture of a bit of social history.
The good old days! Excellent image Pamela.
9 May 2022 6:49PM
Excellent Pam Lin
Lillian Plus
13 23 17 United Kingdom
10 May 2022 10:53AM
This image makes you really appreciate
the modern appliances we have now
a lovely capture and write up Pamela
Chinga Plus
12 116 3 United Kingdom
25 May 2022 10:28PM
Those were the days... Love the composition...
Isabel GrinGrin

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