Godalming Museum, ref: B000.62


This mangle was made by Jones of Godalming and was probably used in the 1920s - 1930s.

A WASHDAY MEMORY from the 1940s

" My grandmother had a scullery at the back of the house where she kept a "copper" ( A large round-bottomed vessel filled with water and heated from underneath by means of a fire), in which she boiled up all her white sheets. When she thought that they were clean, they were taken out and rinsed using a Reckitt's Blue Bag. Finally they went through some starched water and then I helped to guide them through the mangle. I loved to turn the handle of the mangle, and my grandmother would catch the sheets as they went through - to make sure they did not go on the ground and get dirty. The tin bath with the sheets in, in the "Starch" water, used to be at the foot of the mangle, so that the water wrung out of the sheet, went back into the tin bath. The sheets were folded over several times before going through the mangle. This was to get the maximum amount of water out of the sheets and it also helped to flatten them, which made ironing easier."

Thanks to Teresa Mahoney



'Washday Memories' on file at Godalming Museum


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