The 'Bridge Houses' in Lundin Links sit behind 'Bridge House' on Largo Road in the dip, on the south side of the Keil Burn. While 'Bridge House' (marked A above) on the main road was numbered 1 and 2 and contained shops for many a decade, the building behind (marked B) was numbered 3-8 and was residential. The latter shared a washing house in the early days of its existence and below is a scan of an original printed rota provided to the residents of the building. This tells them exactly on which days of the month they are permitted to use the washing house. Presumably on the days not mentioned on the rota, the owner of the buildings or other neighbours had the use of the facility.
This type of rota would not have been unusual. In the 2010 book "Soor Plooms and Sair Knees" by Bob Dewar, the comment made about washing day is that "use of the out-door communal wash house and mangle was designated by an inflexible rota. Washing accoutrements included wellies, rubber apron and a large wooden stick for lifting clothes in and out and stirring tangled garments. The boiler was heated by a coal (what else?) fire underneath." The rota at Bridge Houses seems similarly inflexible.
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