public baths

Reading and replying to Kingofthecocktails post reminded me of having to go to the public baths .I lived in Bolton until I was 10 years old and despite having the usual tin bath hung on the yard wall occasionally my sisters and I would be sent to have a bath at the public baths. I think we payed twopence and was given a bar of soap and shown into a cubicle with a bath in it.

I hated going and always felt ashamed to go.I don't know why at least it proved that we were clean.


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  • I was sent to go for a swim in the river Taw!

  • Our cardboard box didn't have a bath :( I must have been one smelly little urchin I reckon :)

  • Dont know about baths so much, because having them wasn't always a pleasant experience in the winter. No CH and the windows were frozen up, and on a bad day, the pipes were frozen.

    And I was a second hand rose, everything I wore was hand me downs. Quite happy - even the bike I rode was second hand.

  • You and me both Annie. My mum haunted every jumble sale in the district

    Bobby xxxx

  • I was a second hand Rose too Anne. I have an older and younger sister. Poor younger sister, our mother was a dressmaker and used to make us all matching dresses and usually on the big side 'to last'.

    Young Eleanor had to wear the same dresses for about 5 years. No wonder she's a chip on her shoulder!

  • My mom came from South Shields and when we went to visit, Aunty only had a tin bath so me and my cousins were sent to the public baths, I loved it, great big bath and lots of hot water as much as I wanted. Good times :-) :-)

    polly xx

  • I am lucky enough to never know the horrors of the tin bath in front of the fire. But we didn't have central heating, and bath time was a quick in and out during the winter time. Also we all shared the bath water, old habits die hard though, I still share the bath water with my husband, me in first, him second. I call it using vital resources sensibly, Have also been known to use the bath water to water garden in times of water shortages.

  • And how is Daxie. I haven't heard lately. Big hugs to both.

  • A winter bath was quite an experience when I was little, we lived in a big old farmhouse and the bathroom was as big as a small bungalow, we had an electric stove in there which we huddled round after our bath, imagine an electric stove in a bathroom now, not heard of.

    Lib x

  • I remember my Grandma had some little paraffin lamps I think they were tilley lamps in the bathroom to melt the ice on the inside of the bathroom window in the winter. That is one of the good old days things I am pleased have disappeared :D

  • We had an outside loo. No toilet rolls then just newspaper squares tied on a nail with string.In the winter we had a paraffin lamp to stop the water freezing up. Joyce

  • I grew up with my lovely little Nana and the house didn't get electricity until I was a teenager, so there was gas, parrafin lamps or candles everywhere.

    The loo was in the yard with all mod cons, newspaper squares on string, spiders and a parrafin lamp but we must have been posh bcos we did have a bathroom or rather we had plumbed in bath in a room & the wash basin was a dish & jug on a wash stand.

    A backboiler heated the water so there wasn't any in the summer when the fire wasn't on., plenty hot water in the winter but the room was like a fridge. We only had a bath once a week anyhow in the forties, so in the depths of winter when I was small, if the house was icy cold I was bathed in a big enamel dish in front of a roaring fire. such cosy luxury.

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