Going back to basics

Victorian washday and blacksmith at Shibden Hall, Halifax.'Dylan Walker, 14, with washerwoman Bessie Dodd.

Victorian washday and blacksmith at Shibden Hall, Halifax.'Dylan Walker, 14, with washerwoman Bessie Dodd.

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Families stepped back in time at a specially organised Victorian Washday held at Shibden Hall.

The event saw children try on Victorian clothing, before washing clothes the old fashioned way andpassing them through a traditional mangle.

The workshop was put on by Mandy Kirwam who acted as ‘Betty’ for the day.

A trip to the blacksmiths followed after.