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Carluke Laundry

Forrest & Scott Ltd

Carluke Laundry has an interesting history. Properly titled the Forrest & Scott Ltd Carluke Steam Laundry, in Sandy Road Carluke, it was well known throughout South Lanarkshire, collecting and delivering laundry by horse and cart and subsequently by their own motor vehicle. The original advertising documents testify to their services to the well to do, providing a fast turn round cleaning of mens, womens and childrens attire.

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Indeed there is a panel in the brochure laying great store by Miss J.J. McInnes the manageress who by accounts was a no-nonsense Quality Assurance supervisor who no doubt ran the place as would be expected of a Victorian governess. The prices were not cheap and items were returned crisply starched and ironed. This after all was in the days of the Raj and the entire behaviour of a gentleman was stiff upper lip and starched behaviour, so the attire was too.

The original advertising documents testify to their services to the well to do, providing a fast turn round cleaning of mens, womens and childrens attire.   Looking at the price list for each dept shows us how the Victorian gentry dressed, with removeable collars and cuffs, gloves, nightshirts and Night Caps, Tennis suits and Semmets (sarks).

The ladies price list highlights the items she would have laundered and starched. Everything from collars and cuffs to the things which kept the British Empire afloat - corsets, combinations, bodices, petticoats and undervests. - All of which would be worn at the same time of course.   Dressing then was probably a complicated  military exercise.

The Laundry Drying Room

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