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A Jones’ sewing machine.

Jones’ factory was on Shepley Street in Audenshaw, not far from Guide Bridge station.

In 1968, the company was taken over by Brother Industries, the Japanese company who themselves produced sewing machines and the site is now home to Brother International Europe Ltd.

For anyone interested in a bit of history around Jones' sewing machines, click on this link.

A pub scene from the museum. Note the clogs on the drinker's feet.

Clogs were a common form of footwear in days of old and some interesting information about them can be found by clicking this link.

For anyone interested in the sign behind the drinker’s head, here’s a link.

Long before the Great British Bake Off.

The interesting item in the picture is the black range against the wall. In many homes, this provided heat for the room and cooking facilities. For a brief history on the range, click this link.

Looking at the top of the picture it could be that there’s a clothes airer hanging from the ceiling - see this picture. Before washing machines came on the scene, doing the weekly wash, usually on a Monday, was a very hard affair.

After washing in a dolly tub and squeezing out as much water as possible with a mangle, the washing would be hung on the line in good weather and on the clothes airer if not.

Although commonly associated with the skiffle groups of the 1950s, the washboard was another aid for doing the laundry.

Another household aid of the past was the ‘po’ for under the bed (hence a guzunder), especially as very few households had an indoor toilet. In fact, outside toilets were still a feature of some Ashton houses up until the 1970s. Nipping outside for a wee in the dark on a freezing cold night wasn’t a pleasant prospect, hence their use.

On the subject of outside toilets, these were usually in the back yard and of the tippler variety, whereby waste water from the kitchen sink was used to flush the toilet.

Click here for how a tippler worked.

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