Ormesby Hall ~ March 2019 ~ Part 3

See here for history and part 2

Most of the Stately Homes we visit have well-appointed kitchens which I duly photograph, and Ormesby Hall is no exception.

But it’s much of a muchness and we’ve seen similar in previous posts. What was unusual at Ormesby was a fully kitted out laundry, so that’s what we’ll look at today.

There’s no need for me to explain anything as that was done brilliantly by the info sheets in there.


flat irons
Laundry Stove

Love that they call it WEE BEN, 🙂

linens hung on hot pipes heated by the range
it had me worried, but it’s just another iron 🙂
through to the scrub room
the range which heated the hot pipes
more mangles
peg dollies, buckets & erm… a radiator (well it was a chilly day!)

so that was a nice surprise for Sophie and me as laundries are usually not given this much attention, and mainly consist of sinks and drainage channels. Good to see how it was all done back in the day, and I remember when I was a kid mangles were still in use in Yorkshire. Possibly still are! 😀

all pictures can be embiggened if you clickety-click on them.

Next time we’ll visit St.Cuthberts Church just across the road from the hall so stay tooned folks!

43 thoughts on “Ormesby Hall ~ March 2019 ~ Part 3

  1. Like you, I really like to see places like the kitchens in old houses, partly because I enjoy cooking. It is a very pleasant surprise to see the scrub rooms and drying rooms as I have never even considered them, except to say I am glad I don’t have to use a washboard or mangle (I did when I was a kid and the electricity went out in a blizzard – off to the basement to help ma with dirty diapers). Modern conveniences are welcome in every age, no doubt! It must have been quite comfy to be rich enough to afford servants – who would have time for photography without them in the 1800s?! Nice work, and love the stories behind these old homes.

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  2. Fraggle, this is a wonderful post and the photos are beautifully captured. I have always been fascinated by the things people used (in bygone eras) for their daily chores. You’ve shown the laundry room is at least as interesting as the kitchen. Hugs on the wing!

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  3. Wow. What an amazing time capsule. I love those Scrub Room and Dry Room illustrations. And there is something about the “through to the scrub room” image I really love.

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  4. Such a great post! It reminds me in some ways of the open air museum we have in Arnhem. I visited that many times, and it’s just always nice to see these kind of nostalgia trips. And to complete it the pictures are of course just as amazing as always 😊

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  5. My mum used a mangle when I was a child. It was green. It looms large in my memory because I was involved in an accident with it. The top could be folded down when it wasn’t in use and my sister managed to slip the catch one day. The top folded onto me. It could only have been a glancing blow, though, because I don’t remember any fuss being made at the time. Back gardens were dangerous places in the 60s.

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  6. I always love old tech….I am the cook in our family, and in winter I cook on a 100 year old cast iron range which I love. I certainly remember the old laundry tech of the early 20th century, wood fired copper to wash in using a washing board, and the mangle. We still have some of those things at home as ornaments, handy to know they will come in handy if we ever have an extended power blackout. Lovely photos as usual!

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  7. I love seeing the kitchens in these old luxury homes! I agree, it’s a fun change to see a little more about laundry back in the day… I’d still rather cook than do laundry though. 😉

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