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Nottingham Wash House

Nottingham's last public laundry prepares for the final rinse. It's much more than a place to simply boil-wash your smalls - it's a source of news and the hub of the whole community.

Non-Fiction 1977 6 mins

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In March 1977 the Meadows area of Nottingham is due for redevelopment. But it's not just houses that are being cleared: it's a whole way of life typified by the local public laundry. This is no high street laundrette though, this is a public laundry on a grand scale: from boil wash tanks to industrial scale ironing. But it's the laundry's role as a community hub that has brought the women of the Meadows back over the generations and it is that which will be lost when it is gone.