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Desparate to locate a tannery in the Nelson area!

Old Apr 14th 2010, 7:22 am
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Default Desparate to locate a tannery in the Nelson area!

Anyone into History- promise U -This is fascinating!
There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London which used to have
a gallows adjacent to it. Prisoners were taken to the gallows, (after a fair trial of course) to be hung.
The horse drawn dray, carting the prisoner, was accompanied by
an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ''ONE LAST DRINK''.
If he said YES, it was referred to as “ONE FOR THE ROAD”
If he declined, that prisoner was “ON THE WAGON”
So there you go. More bleeding history

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery. If you had to do
this to survive you were, "piss poor", but worse than that, were the really poor folk, who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot, they "didn’t have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain, because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the 1500’s:
Most people got married in June, because they took their yearly bath in May and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were
starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers, to hide the body odour.
Hence the custom today, of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
The wealthy used to carry bouquets referred to as 'nose-gays'
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the
babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose
someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out
with the bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs, thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became
slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.
Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung
over the top, afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds
came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "dirt poor."
The wealthy had slate floors, that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.
As the winter wore on, they added more thresh, until, when you opened the door, it would
all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.
Hence: a thresh hold.. (Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle, that always hung over the fire.
Every day, they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They
ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would
eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get
cold overnight, then start over the next day.
Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.
Hence the rhyme: ''Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas
porridge in the pot, nine days old''.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon, to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon."
They would cut off a little, to share with guests and would all sit around talking and ''chew the fat''.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning & death.
This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years
or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided, according to status.. Workers got the burnt bottom of
the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top,
or ''the upper crust''.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or
whisky. The combination, would sometimes knock the imbibers
out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road,
would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They
were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and
the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and
see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of ''holding a

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So, they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a
bone-house and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins,
1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the
inside and they realised they had been burying people alive.
So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, thread
it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to
a bell.
Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all
night, (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus,
someone could be, ''saved by the bell ''

Now, whoever said history was
boring ! ! !


the latest exchange rate has prompted our search for a local tannery in Nelson!!!!

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