Category Archives: House

Faults, But Not Grave – February 1924

With all its noble opportunities of love and service and practical guidance of the social evolution of the race, we must admit that in the home life of the domestic woman lie many dangers of narrowness of mind and of … Continue reading

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Complacency of Cellar Living – February 1922

Only the other day I was talking with a woman — not yet very old —who remembers when there was a considerable population living in the cellars of the town in which she lived as a child. “They are all … Continue reading

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Incurable Public Untidiness – September 1924

In spite of the continued appeals to the people to cultivate tidiness in public places, one sees everywhere the most inexcusable litter disfiguring the ground. I sat on a chair at Wembley and watched a man with a long-handled fork … Continue reading

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In an Essex Farm Garden – June 1922

I am writing this in an Essex farm garden and I am not likely to forget that I am in a southern county for the ardour of the sun, the quality of the atmosphere, the character of the crops, the … Continue reading

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A Happy Master on Term Saturday – May 1913

It is almost too good to believe that we are actually having a dry, warm, sunshiny day after weeks of persistent wet. It makes such a tremendous difference to have good weather when we have no servants — but the … Continue reading

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Beds and Mattresses – April 1914

This is the time of the year when one frequently sees beds hanging out of upper windows on sunny days, and pillows and mattresses airing and sunning in gardens. The bulky feather-bed still lingers in a few country houses, but … Continue reading

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Care in Washing Curtains – April 1921

Lace curtains can be quite successfully washed while in the fold, and not submitted to any rubbing or twisting or danger of tearing. Shake them free of loose dust, then fold neatly several times until of a size to lie … Continue reading

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Picking Primroses – March 1924

A friend of mine has left the country and gone to live in a city where, in spring-time, she misses the lanes and woods, with their lovely blossoms pushing their way through the winter-bleached turf. I bethought me that she … Continue reading

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“Out” Girls and “In” Girls – March 1917

The employer who said that the “conditions of farm service in Cumberland farmhouses are so degrading that no respectable girl will enter them” is not telling the truth and he knows it. I should very much like to face that … Continue reading

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Kitchen Bed Near the Fire – February 1919

I know a lady — whether English or Scottish I am not sure — greatly interested in the housing question who has very strong views upon the kitchen bed, as being both unhygienic and indecent. And I fear there are … Continue reading

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