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These included the principal contents of the Chirk laundry and the catalogue description alone of a huge George III pine, circular, boiling vat 'for washing the greys and for bathing the laundry girls' seemed to justify the winning bid of £850.

For the vendors, grime certainly paid. Carrying estimates in the £200-600 range, laundry pieces included this late Victorian spin dryer, right, originally powered by an engine, and the Wallness Wringer upright mangle, far right, which each sold at £1600. Other pieces included a box mangle and a Vowel A2 hand-operated washing machine which made £1700 and £1100 respectively.