|Day in the Life|
|Cooking & Cleaning|
|Heating & Lighting|
Like many things in Victorian times keeping clean was hard work. Working people who lived in the country probably had to fetch their drinking water from the village pump and collect rain water (for washing) in a water butt.
Water was piped into towns and each of the factory houses in Tiverton (built by John Heathcoat and his descendants) had its own water supply with a cold water tap in their kitchen. "Privies" (non-flush toilets) were outside in the yard.
Wealthier people would have had a bathroom in their house, but plumbing did not arrive until the 1880s.