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TITLE
Inverness Memories - cleaning the range
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_MRSROLLO_04
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
Mrs Rollo
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2116
KEYWORDS
domestic
housewife
housework
zed-bright
audio

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In the late 1970s, Mrs Rollo, an elderly resident of Friars Street, Inverness, shared her memories of old Inverness with a Mrs. Sneddon. Mrs. Rollo had lived as a child in Shore Street and moved to Friars Street in the early 1920s. She had five of a family; three boys and two girls. Her husband worked for the Highland Railway. In this audio extract, Mrs. Rollo remembers cleaning the range.

The photograph is of Mrs Rosie Rollo, her husband John (in his army uniform), and one of the couple's children. It was taken around 1918.

Well, I'd rake out all the ashes in the morning; take an old paper, waste paper, an rub up the grate to get the worst of the grease off, of dust; an then put a small bit o the zed bright on, an then do up wi an - rub it into the grate wi a small brush that I have for that an, when that dries up I just polish it up an then finish it off with a cloth, or a piece of velvet or something. An for the steel I do it wi sometimes Brasso on a damp, on a cloth full o Brasso an then with fine steel wool.

Interviewer: An it would have been the same in the 1920s except it was just black lead that ye had then?

Oh, yes, yes. Black lead we had then. But sometimes if we hadn't the steel - emery paper - we just did fine sand in the ashes, fine ashes, an just mixed the two an it made a paste. So we put that on. Sometimes -

Interviewer: Sand and ashes?

Sometimes, we couldn't afford emery paper. So we just did it wi that and -

Interviewer: That cleaned it just the same?

- cleaned it up.

Interviewer: Quite a lot of work?

Oh it was -

Interviewer: I mean, d'ye clean it every day?

Of course it would have to be cleaned every day, if not it wouldn't work at all. They wouldn't be - get any ventilation unless ye cleaned the ashes out

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Inverness Memories - cleaning the range

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1970s

domestic; housewife; housework; zed-bright; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Inverness Recollections

In the late 1970s, Mrs Rollo, an elderly resident of Friars Street, Inverness, shared her memories of old Inverness with a Mrs. Sneddon. Mrs. Rollo had lived as a child in Shore Street and moved to Friars Street in the early 1920s. She had five of a family; three boys and two girls. Her husband worked for the Highland Railway. In this audio extract, Mrs. Rollo remembers cleaning the range. <br /> <br /> The photograph is of Mrs Rosie Rollo, her husband John (in his army uniform), and one of the couple's children. It was taken around 1918.<br /> <br /> Well, I'd rake out all the ashes in the morning; take an old paper, waste paper, an rub up the grate to get the worst of the grease off, of dust; an then put a small bit o the zed bright on, an then do up wi an - rub it into the grate wi a small brush that I have for that an, when that dries up I just polish it up an then finish it off with a cloth, or a piece of velvet or something. An for the steel I do it wi sometimes Brasso on a damp, on a cloth full o Brasso an then with fine steel wool.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: An it would have been the same in the 1920s except it was just black lead that ye had then?<br /> <br /> Oh, yes, yes. Black lead we had then. But sometimes if we hadn't the steel - emery paper - we just did fine sand in the ashes, fine ashes, an just mixed the two an it made a paste. So we put that on. Sometimes - <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Sand and ashes?<br /> <br /> Sometimes, we couldn't afford emery paper. So we just did it wi that and -<br /> <br /> Interviewer: That cleaned it just the same?<br /> <br /> - cleaned it up.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Quite a lot of work? <br /> <br /> Oh it was - <br /> <br /> Interviewer: I mean, d'ye clean it every day?<br /> <br /> Of course it would have to be cleaned every day, if not it wouldn't work at all. They wouldn't be - get any ventilation unless ye cleaned the ashes out