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The Hungerford Sanitary Laundry Co. Ltd. was established c.1908, and took over the large building that had previously been Platt's brewery.
The latest equipment was installed by Messrs Thomas Bradford & Co of London and Manchester, and the firm enjoyed an excellent reputation for the high quality of its work.
The Board of Directors were Edmund Parfitt, George Edmind Platt, Edward Robert Portal, JP (Eddington House), Arthur William Lawrence (Kintbury) and Rev H.D. Butler (Inkpen). Mr H. D'O Astley was Company Secretary.
A report on a visit to the laundry states: 'After inspecting this establishment, I can honestly certify that from the receiving room to the despatch room every detail has been carefully studied, and no expense has been spared to make it a thoroughly up-to-date sanitary laundry, and the motto of the company has been carried out to the letter, viz.: Cleanliness, Efficiency, and Sanitation'. The price list includes ladies bodice (3d.); silk stockings (3d.); doyley (1¼d.); ladies' knickers (3½d. to 6d.); whilst maids' knickers were only 2½d!
The laundry closed in December 1966 after several changes of ownership, having been renamed The Rose of Hungerford Laundry in the 1950s.
It was later to become Loheat engineering.
In 1999, the laundry building and all adjacent buildings were demolished, the site cleared, and Somerfield supermarket and car-park was built.
- The Laundry brochure. Click here to download the full brochure as pdf
- The Laundry, 1908. The exterior of the main building, 96 feet long, 70 feet wide.
- The ironing room
- The packing room
- Corner of the Washhouse where the Hand Work is done
- A large team of men and horses was required to collect and deliver laundry around the area
- Some of the Permanent Staff
- Tutti Day, 1912. The Tuttimen visit the Laundry. Not surprisingly, the standard of dress here was very high, with all the ladies wearing flowers in their hair. [Albert Parsons]
- Tutti Day, 1913. [Albert Parsons]
- Tutti Day, 1915. [Albert Parsons]
- More of the staff