Another vanished industry – at least for domestic use?

Gondoliers Programme 1

I can just remember the days when table cloths were bleached and starched at a laundry and then delivered back in a big wicker basket (my father was actually born the year after Queen Victoria died, so was a little old fashioned!).  Although some families employed ‘washer-women’ by the 1930s I think it was more usual to use a laundry.  The whole industry still exists, of course, and the Yorktown industrial park sometimes has quite a distinctive whiff of boiling linen from the large laundry in Doman Road.  I believe that hotel sheets etc come all the way from central London for processing?

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