Copper

The wash house copper is where clothing was cleaned, and water was heated for baths. In A Christmas Carol Dickens describes how a copper, just like this one, was used to boil up a Christmas pudding.

 

Image of Wash house with copper in corner of room

Built-in copper with wooden lid and grate beneath. Brick and metal with wooden lid.
c.1800. DH383 © Charles Dickens Museum

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