Village wash-houses

In the not too distant past, washing machines did not exist. If even a couple of decades ago, they were still a luxury. The laundry was therefore often done in a simple and flat stone placed near a stream or river.

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At the end of the eighteenth century, following numerous cholera epidemics, the first whas-houses were built. These constructions emerged everywhere after the French Emperor Napoleon III in 1851 voted a decree to open credits to encourage all municipalities to develop public laundries.

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