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Workhouse Laundry

The Rushden Argus, 20th January 1922

Washing by Machinery
Guardians Instal a Fine New Laundry

This transformation cost the Guardians £7,000 but the laundry work is now carried out by 12 to 18 inmates working each day, with very little outside help. In future, as well as the washing for the Institution, that of the Cottage Homes will also be done here.

The building has been transformed by Messrs. Sharman and Moore (architects), Wellingborough, and Messrs. Marlowe and Alliott (engineers), Nottingham, on the instructions of the Laundry Committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. E. R. Ball, who secured the bulk of the machinery from the Kettering Laundry Co.’s sale.

laundry machinery

1 – The Boiler House supplying steam and hot water to the laundry.

2 – The Ironing Room showing the large rotary iron, which is steam heated, and provided with a finger guard on the irons. The circular opening in the wall at the rear contains an exhaust fan, which ensures a perfect atmosphere in the room.

3 – General view of the Washhouse, showing the 200-shirt washer in the foreground and the hydro extractor adjoining. Through the doorway is
seen the Foul Washhouse.

4 – The Drying Chamber, illustrating how each compartment can be drawn
out and filled.

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