Victorian Luxuries – Bread Oven & Outside Loos
When family houses were first bult in great numbers, the rows of Victorian terraces and back to backs in the major cities, there was still only the most basic facilities offered inside. Looking at fantastic online supplier sites for decor, kitchens etc. it seems incredible now that because our needs for hygienic kitchens, clean running water and flushing toilets hadn’t been recognised yet, these were not included in the master plans. Only houses for the elite in society were given these luxuries. Otherwise, toilets were holes in the earth or an outside privy. Kitchens were just a table and wall mounted bread oven. Water was drawn from wells or from the pump in the street. Seems incredible now that only 150 years ago, we did not have lovely shiny clean steel kitchen sinks, cabinets with wide opening doors or drawers for storing the pots and pans. That fitted range we take for granted and curse at occasionally would be able to cater for a whole town in the seriously old days. Thank heavens for our wonderful online browsing and sales sites that offer the most comprehensive and up to date home style ideas.