Clare Jenkins: And what about the bath?
Minnie Alsop: The bath?
Vic Alsop: The bath, well it –
MA: One of them long –
VA: It was a –
MA: [Laughs] Long, tin ones.
VA: A long, tin bath, only about that wide, but the thing is, the trouble was filling it and emptying it. And I tell you, it were only a little house, so I had this bath under window, and I boxed it in and put a lid over it and made it like a seat. And you lifted the lid up when you wanted a bath. But we had an Ascot heater. No hot water you see, we had an Ascot heater, and I used to fill the bath from this Ascot heater. That’s alright, no bother filling bath with Ascot heater, but when you’d had your baths, you’d got to empty the bath. So, you’d either got to ladle it out with a [lading can 0:00:56], or pick it up bodily and – well, you used to ladle some of it out, and then –
MA: We got hold of each end, carried it to the doorstep and then just tip it up.
VA: Carry it and tip it up outside into yard.
MA: Then you’d –
VA: And it run down into grate.
MA: And then you had to swill the soapsuds away [laughs].
CJ: So, how often did you have a bath?
VA: Once a week.
MA: Once a week.
VA: More or less.
MA: And I’ll tell you what, there were four of us. Well, little one used to have a bath first –
VA: Then our Marion.
MA: Then you’d top it up, then Marion, then me, [laughs] you had to have dirty water.
VA: And me, I’ve only got mucky water to have a bath in.
MA: Oh, we weren’t dirty [both laugh]. So, I mean, that’s how – you couldn’t very well empty it and fill it again.
VA: Oh, no.
MA: And then, in between with children you had to – they had to have all over blanket baths, you know, sort of not put ‘em in bath.
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