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Susie Parsons describes laundry campaigning by cqualmann
August 9, 2009, 9:49 am
Filed under: Contributions, Public washhouses and laundries
In 1973 the Notting Dale Laundry Group launched a campaign
to save the Silchester Public Baths and Wash-houses building
in North Kensington, London, which was threatened with
closure by the local Council. Out tactics included  getting it
listed as a building of historic interest, as it had been
designed by Thomas Verity, the distinguished Victorian architect
of the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly. We also strung washing
around the town hall, disrupted Council meetings and had a float
in the Notting Hill Carnival to publicise our campaign.
We did not succeed in saving the building but we did force the
Council to provide another, smaller public laundry. When public
expenditure cuts hit again in the 1980s the Council threatened
to close the new public laundry, so the Notting Dale Laundry 
Group negotiated to take it over and we ran the laundry 
ourselves with a rota of volunteers for ten years or so. 
It was a place where women (and a few men) could do their 
washing together, chat and have a cup of tea.

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