Monday 11 April 2005 8.57am
as someone who caught her fingers in the wooden rollers of mums old mangle fairly frequently, a mangle was not a washing machine! more a precursor of i suppose a spin dryer! an item that extracted water from towels, sheets, anything in fact that had not buttons on....a mangle was an enormous item, weighed a ton, on the top you had a double handed screw object that enabled you to adjust the pressure of the rollers...the item was fed in folded up carefully you then turned a iron handle ....and the pressure meant that you could get away without ironing! the water then dripped into a wooden tray , then into a bucket....
I lived in Long Lane
from 1950, I remember the George...arrowroot biscuits for a penny...it's still there. It would have been next to the old Laxon School.