Circle Genealogic and Historic Champanellois
Association "Law 1901" of Saint-Genès-Champanelle, 63 , France
The wash-house of Fontfreyde
|It existed formerly until the years 1970, a
small building in the north of the coudert of Fontfreyde
which, during decades, wasused as a wash-house at living village of Fontfreyde before
to be demolished becaude fallen bus ruins fault of maintenance of it. The villagers used it to make their washing, of cloths in particular. They grouped with several to fill the 3 large pots
out of cast iron posed on brick hearths which they heated with wood which was often
stored on the coudert. The linen was then put to dry in the meadows bordering.
At that time, one used ash as a detergent what was more ecological and economic.
The arrival of the washing machine in the years 1960 should not have been foreign with the
abandonment progressive of the use of this room.
Here is an elarging of a postcard of Fontfreyde where then small disappeared building is seen.
more general view of the coudert
more recent view dating from the years 1950
|The whash-house still seems in good condition about
1950, one reported to us that it would have been demolished
about 1960. Moreover, there was a sawmill close to the
wash-house which, it, disapeared before 1950.
One finds still nowadays, the trace of the wash-house on the cadastral maps : there remains only on small piece dimensioned with number 100 in the village of Fontfreyde on sheet AK, le coudert, it, carries number 101.
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