Home Life

For many women, to stop working after marriage was considered a luxury. A lot of women continued to work because they needed the money. After a hard day of work, the women would come home and still have housework to do. Throughout the week they would have to clean the house, wash the clothes, mangle them and hang them up to dry, cook food for the family, mend clothes and do grocery shopping. However, husbands and children were on hand to help if needed.

Most food was home-cooked. This is because shopping had to be done daily; there were no fridges to store perishables. Meals such as potato pie and rabbit pie were often made, and many women made their own bread. In some extreme cases, some working class families had to borrow ingredients from relatives or neighbours.

As children grew up and started to work in the mills, it was expected that they would hand over the majority of their wages to help with the family income. All finances in the house were handled this way, and the mother distributed a small amount of pocket money back to children and her husband as she saw fit.

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There was also a huge sense of community in neighbourhoods. Many women fondly recall their neighbours coming round for a cup of tea and a chat, for advice and to look after their children while they were at work.

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