One of the parts of our visit to Kingston Lacy that I most enjoyed was seeing the laundry which they had furnished not only with the equipment used but also examples of the textiles as well, very exciting for me!
The house dates from the 1600s but the display was of the Victorian machines and textiles.
I love this huge roller mangle, I remember my Mum and Nana having washing machines with mangles on top when I was little and really loved having a go, would not have been so exciting to be a full-time laundry maid though.
The drying cupboard was very interesting as well, I assume many large houses might have had something similar but have not seen one before, these racks slid into the cupboard which had heated pipes on the floor.
I also found some lovely textiles in the main house – what a surprise! Will save that and pictures of the house for the next post.
Thanks for visiting.
2 thoughts on “A glimpse of life in the laundry”
I have my grandmother’s mangle, and it still has its uses.
Your title sounds like the next big thing in reality TV for Channel 4! But what a lovely bit of social history! Love the linen!