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16-09-2018, 07:36   #1
alba
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We had a toilet block at the top of our yard it used to freeze in the winter we used to put a parrafin lamp in it to try to stop it . Used to sit on the throne with my snake over my shoulder . GREAT TIMES
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16-09-2018, 08:39   #2
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We had an outside toilet at our house in Hinde House Lane & used a paraffin lamp to try to stop freezing in winter often unsuccessfully ! The back boiler behind our back room fire blew up on 6 Feb 1956 ; thankfully dad was defreezing the outside toilet at the time otherwise, if he had been inside he may have been killed. Fire Brigade came & boarded up the windows etc including using my trainset board on a window which upset me! It turned out to be a good thing as we finished up getting an inside toilet from the insurance.
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16-09-2018, 10:20   #3
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We used an old miners lamp in the privy which my grandad kept when his pit closed, worked a treat and now itís in our lounge polished up and gleaming.
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16-09-2018, 12:25   #4
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We used an old miners lamp in the privy which my grandad kept when his pit closed, worked a treat and now itís in our lounge polished up and gleaming.
Our toilet was across the yard, dad used to light a candle in there in winter, old newspapers for toilet paper, some huge spiders in there.
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16-09-2018, 13:06   #5
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Our toilet was across the yard, dad used to light a candle in there in winter, old newspapers for toilet paper, some huge spiders in there.
Yep, sounds all too familiar - but we were posh, we had a Tilley lamp instead of a candle!. I'd forgotten the spiders but you're dead right Billam. Here is a photo of the back of our long-gone house.
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16-09-2018, 13:15   #6
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Our toilet was across the yard, dad used to light a candle in there in winter, old newspapers for toilet paper, some huge spiders in there.
Ours too, in Carter Place.There were 4 in a row.

Sometimes in the winter they would freeze up, and you had to take boiling water to them.

But there was always a poe at the top of the stairs for the old folks and the kids. Older kids weren't allowed to use it, but on a cold night, sometime we cheated. It was dangerous, too, because there was no light at the top of the steep stairs. (My aunt Gertie fell down the stairs (not uncommon in those days) and broke her neck. At number 13, we just had one gas mantle between the kitchen and the living room.

We bought the mantle elements from Poulters around the corner, and it was tricky to stand on a chair to tie one on the gas light, they were very fragile.

But then we graduated to electric light, and had to learn how to go into the pitch black cellar to take out the fuse and screw some new fuse wire into it, to get the light back on.

"The good old days"?

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16-09-2018, 13:44   #7
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The toilet walls and ceiling were white washed in those days .we used to draw on it with the candle then our step dad caught us we had to rewhiten i
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28-09-2018, 10:20   #8
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As kids we used to hold a cheap plastic magnifying glass to the keyhole inside the outside loo and it would project a full colour picture onto a piece of white card although upside down!.Only just remembered this as well as the freezing cold mornings sat on the throne after leaving my warm bed,the good old days?,I don,t think so!.

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Sunday night was bath night,the large tin bath was placed before a blazing fire in the kitchen of our old cottage!.It was filled with boiling water from pans on the Yorkshire range and the electric cooker up to 3/4 full,my little bro and I waited in the living room whilst our twin sisters bathed first!.After they finished and dried and put on their pyjamas it was mardy arse first in me last by which time the bath was like a swamp!.After everything was put away my siblings loved to turn out the light making the kitchen pitch black and silently creep about trying not to bump into each other,this went on for a while until someone got poked in the eye with an outstretched hand and loud crying ensued brought to a halt by dear old dad bursting in and ordering us all to bed,he really didn,t like kids making a racket,just the same the following week we did it all again!.
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29-09-2018, 09:12   #9
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our bath hung outside near the back door. My mum would fetch it in and put it in front of the fire then fill it with water from the Yorkshire ranch. The worst thing was emptying the bath on the back yard
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29-09-2018, 10:10   #10
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Just as an aside when would houses have been built with internal bathrooms/toilets at the earliest?
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29-09-2018, 10:35   #11
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Yep, sounds all too familiar - but we were posh, we had a Tilley lamp instead of a candle!. I'd forgotten the spiders but you're dead right Billam. Here is a photo of the back of our long-gone house.
We used to visit my grandad,s farm at Thurlby near Newark. There was no electricity, a handpump in the sink for water, just up a flight of stairs was the toilet, it was a long piece of wood with two holes that you sat on, I had this awful thought of two people side by side using the toilet but I loved staying there.
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29-09-2018, 10:38   #12
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I can't honestly remember our bath at home. I do remember my Nans though. She lived near upperthorpe baths. The toilet was in the yard with torn up bits of newspaper. The bath was a tin one that was put in front of the fire. As I was the youngest, I got the used water, my sister got the clean stuff! I can't remember the name of the road, all I remember is that it was a steep cobbled hill. As for a date, mid to late 60's.

My Daughter still thinks I'm making it up. She thinks tin baths went out in the 1800's
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29-09-2018, 10:50   #13
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Around 1939 the lower Manor Estate had inside bathrooms (an offshoot of the kitchen) and a inside toilet, I also seem to remember a small coal place next to the toilet in a short corridor that was a offshoot through the back door.
Every room except the living room (coal fired) was cold in winter
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manor,_South_Yorkshire

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29-09-2018, 11:11   #14
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Would houses built in the 1830’s 1860’s have inside facilities? From new?
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29-09-2018, 19:03   #15
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Hi Zach that sounds like Blake Street,steep and cobbled!.
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29-09-2018, 19:37   #16
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my house was built in 1900 and had no water or sanitation but had a well in the cellar and an outside privy in a stone built outhouse down the garden. Water and gas were installed in the 1960s when the area was developed.
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15-10-2018, 23:42   #17
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Yep, sounds all too familiar - but we were posh, we had a Tilley lamp instead of a candle!. I'd forgotten the spiders but you're dead right Billam. Here is a photo of the back of our long-gone house.
You had a nicely painted door though.. Just before we emigrated to Australia in 1968, we had a little two up and two down, no bathroom, toilet and coalhouse outside, when it was freezing outside and I needed to go toilet, I would have to put the kids coats and gloves on to take them with me, and we would all squeeze in there, I tried to judge it when my hubby was home, the good old days..
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16-10-2018, 10:24   #18
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Some houses on the flower estate had a bath in the kitchen - not a bathroom but just in the corner area with board over to cover it when not in use. The toilet was reached from outside but the back wall of it butted up the side wall of the bath area so it wasn't separate to the house - it was part of it. It was c1965 that they had an extension built to accomadate a new bathroom and the kitchen itself was made larger by using the old toilet and bath area.
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