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  • You see, I have just written to our local Member of Parliament and I'm hoping he's

  • going to represent our views in the next debate on women's suffrage.

  • Oh I see

  • Well don't you take any interest in these affairs Mrs. Crocombe?

  • Oh I don't know that I have the time!

  • I think that Lady Braybrooke is an example to follow.

  • She takes a great interest in all the local affairs, you might have noticed?

  • After all the things she has done for the necessitous children of Walden, all her

  • charitable activities and so forth... - Well, I'll think about it.

  • Oh look! Here's your applicant for the laundry.

  • Ah good morning! I see that you're punctual - very good. I daresay you'd like

  • a tour of the service wing? We shall go to the laundry directly.

  • This is the wet laundry. Now, I understand you've been assisting your mother with

  • her local cottage laundry but you will find this a very different proposition

  • at Audley End. You see you will have to deal with 600 towels every week, for example,

  • and you must be quite robust because we do like our laundry maids

  • to have stamina. We would never take a girl fresh from school, for example.

  • They simply don't have the right experience or the strength.

  • And we certainly wouldn't take somebody from the workhouse.

  • We are scrupulous about hygiene here at Audley End. For instance in one country house

  • that shall be nameless, do you know a case of scarlet fever was brought in

  • with a laundry basket. Huh! Quelle horreur.

  • That would never happen here.

  • So, we operate on a weekly laundry cycle here.

  • The laundry is delivered every Sunday evening by rail

  • depending on where Lord and Lady Braybrooke have been staying.

  • Typically their London residence up at Brook Street, or it could be Bournemouth. Or Scotland.

  • You must rise at 3:00 on Monday morning to make sure all the fires are lit.

  • Then you can return to bed for a couple of hours, and then rise again to take a cup of tea

  • to your laundry superiors - Ellen and Sarah. You must make sure you show them

  • all due respect at all times for you are their junior.

  • You must know how to identify various stains.

  • Now, Lady Braybrooke's personal maid will deal with any stains pertaining to her lace, for example.

  • But there are many other stains aren't there. For example, how would you deal with, say, ink stains?

  • Of course.

  • You would use buttermilk, wouldn't you?

  • And now let's move on to the coppers shall we?

  • There are many different types of treatment depending on the nature of the laundry.

  • For instance, Mrs. Crocombe's kitchen cloths will need a very hot boil.

  • So we put the washing in the copper here when it's quite an average temperature

  • and then we wait for the temperature to come to the boil.

  • Mrs. Crocombe as you will know maintains very high standards of hygiene in her kitchen.

  • I'm sure you're quite aufait with wringing out excess water but you may well find that

  • this mangle helps you in that process. Always be sure to use a mangle cloth.

  • And do be careful. Don't trap your fingers in it.

  • The laundry drying lawn is just out there

  • behind the cloud hedge, where the family's laundry can dry in privacy.

  • You do know how to bleach your laundry don't you?

  • We sometimes use the rather quaint method

  • of using the action of the sun upon our linens to make them whiter.

  • Quite often our linens are cream-colored and to reach the optimum level of white

  • well we might have to to and fro for quite some months before we reach that

  • white that we so desire. We usually prefer our grass that we lay our linens

  • upon to be of medium height and preferably on a frosty day.

  • And however long it takes...well, so be it.

  • Patience is a virtue!

  • Now, we've done the washing and the ringing

  • Now it's time to do the ironing and the finishing.

  • Now, we like to iron things when they're slightly damp. You must supply your own

  • iron cloth. You only pick up an iron without an iron cloth once.

  • I don't know whether your mother has one of these in her small laundry

  • but if ever see you using a box mangle to wring out excess water you will be instantly dismissed.

  • Think of it as a flattening machine.

  • Always use a mangle cloth

  • and everything that comes out of it should be perfectly flat and perfectly shiny.

  • Now, we come to Saturday. That's when we parcel up all the finished laundry,

  • we send it off to where it has to go and that means labelling it.

  • It's another reason why we don't use commercial laundries. So what we have to do is make

  • sure it's dated, numbered, the house it's going from, the house it's going to, so on and so forth.

  • Now, do you have any questions?

  • I'm sorry, what was that?

  • Do we have a washing machine?

  • [laughs] No, we certainly don't!

  • It's far too much effort! Why would we go to all that trouble?

  • Does your mother have one?

  • Do you want to do yourself out of a job!

  • So, I think that we've seen all we need to now.

  • I shall perhaps usher you into the servants hall

  • and Mrs Crocombe will procure you a cup of tea. I shall read through your character and we

  • shall give you your expenses for your fare.

  • Thank you so very much for coming to see us.

  • We'll let you know.

You see, I have just written to our local Member of Parliament and I'm hoping he's

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ランドリーツアー - ビクトリア朝の道 (A Tour of the Laundry - The Victorian Way)

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