Lavoir by vignouse

Lavoir

In the (not so distant) past, every town and village had at least one of these - it's a washing place for clothes. Typically placed where there was a fast running stream of clear water with a place to scrub the clothes clean.

This (long disused) one is just outside the small village of Concoret about 3km away from us: it has a covered area each side of the central stream to shelter the washer women from the elements... nevertheless, it was a very rude existence

On black of course.
now we have wash machines... ;) less photogenic than our old lavoirs !
January 21st, 2020  
how wonderful it is still there - wasing would have been hard work and hard on the clothes too
January 21st, 2020  
And, if you were not well accepted by the community -as it happened to the main characters of my new novel- you couldn’t wash until all other washers had gone (true story). Rude existence, indeed!
January 21st, 2020  
I am glad I don't have to hang my clothes outside as my mother did when I was young (though I know some who like to do this) let alone wash in a stream.
January 22nd, 2020  
Fascinating! Nice symmetry to your composition
January 22nd, 2020  
What’s the 2018 over the right side doorway? This is well captures and very interesting. Thanks for sharing!
January 22nd, 2020  
Excellent capture with great light, composition...What an interesting history on resourcefulness...I still remember my mom's wringer washer, outdoor clothes line, and fresh smell of outdoor dried sheets.
January 22nd, 2020  
just stunning
January 22nd, 2020  
Good to see this on 365. Are you going to re-capture Montfort's too?
@joansmor
Weather permitting, I hang washing outside! We are in the countryside, so city pollution etc. is irrelevant. Clothes etc.dried outdoors have a fresh smell...wonderful;-)
January 22nd, 2020  
Lovely capture of this old lavoir (spell check just changed that to 'labour'). Labour it was indeed, I imagine! Super shot.
January 22nd, 2020  
@s4sayer But I live in Maine wouldn't want to hang them out in temps like we had yesterday. And pollution is a problem everywhere in Maine because the weather brings it from the industrial cities in the midwest. I remember once seeing someone hanging their clothes outside in a town where they made paper. Have you ever smelled the air in those towns? Nope I am lazy when it comes to laundry and I admit it. I am lazy when it comes to housekeeping period. LOL So no criticism for those who are good at it just not my thing. Much to the regret of my dear husband in the day.
January 22nd, 2020  
@kt8ird Well spotted Kate - in the summer of 2018 there were a series of art installations around the lake that feeds the lavoir ; these included an art installation inside the lavoir and in the stream, hence the date for which the plaque has never been taken down
January 22nd, 2020  
I always like to visit a lavoir in France. The most interesting was quite large and a man was swimming round and round in it.
January 22nd, 2020  
Thank goodness for washing machines
January 22nd, 2020  
Great shot, never seen this type, but I remember the ones in Vannes.
January 22nd, 2020  
Very fascinating.
January 22nd, 2020  
Cool piece of history, love the panorama
January 22nd, 2020  
How interesting. I've never heard of this.
January 23rd, 2020  
Great capture and story
January 23rd, 2020  
That's an amazing picture - both storywise and (as always) technical. I'm baffled that they have kept the place in such great shape.
January 26th, 2020  
Your information makes the image all the more interesting. A super B&W image.
January 27th, 2020  
@runner365 It doesn't show in the photo but this structure has definitely seen better days. There are others in the area varying from completely tumbledown to original condition so in view of the interest, I think a short series would be in order... watch this space.
January 27th, 2020  
@vignouse I will keep a close eye on this project :-)
A series could be very interesting
January 27th, 2020  
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