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Church of England Junior School

Victorian Artefacts visit

On Thursday 31st January year 3 were treated to a look back at life in the Victorian times. David and Marjorie, grandparents of a former pupil, have a wide collection of items from the Victorian times and kindly brought them in for the pupils to see. We saw: • A hand sewing machine that used to be used for making clothes. Most families had one as it was cheaper to make your own clothes than buy them. This sewing machine was hand finished with detailed flowers so probably belonged to someone wealthy. • For light there was candle holder with snuffer, a paraffin lamp that would be found in the parlour (lounge/sitting room now a days). We also saw a Hurricane lamp, similar to the paraffin lamp but suitable for outside use as well. • A copper kettle with warming block. This was filled with hot water, placed up on its stand which contained a metal block that had been heated on the range (kitchen oven like an AGA that was always warm and on) and placed in the stand to keep the kettle warm. • A model of an outside toilet that showed what it was like. We learnt that they were at the end of the garden often. • A jug and bowl – this was used for washing first thing in the morning and it was taken up to the bedroom the night before. • A bed pan / potty – there were two, a pretty, decorated one for the more wealthy and a plain one for those with less income. Both were used in the same way if one was caught short in the night and it saved a trip down to the end of the garden but would need emptying in the morning...nice! • Hot water bottles – with no central heating these were really useful for warming the bed especially in winter time and they were filled with hot water, much as today, and put in the bed 30 minutes prior to going to bed. They were made of pottery and had a pottery screw lid. • Various photographs of life in the Victorian times. • A cobblers last – a stand for cobblers to use for repairing shoes – not replacing them as we do now a days. • Two types of iron, one held its heat and another needed to be placed on the range to warm up. • Finally the shin pads and work trousers of the farmer who worked with horses. The shin pads would prevent the farmers legs being broken if he were to be kicked.