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Mu & I shared the other in that room. The 2nd room was shared by the "Boys," but by the time I can remember, older siblings had flown the nest, though when they married & came home, the females all mucked in together & the males in the other room. There was a lot of laughter & to me all warm & cosy. Miners were allowed 1 ton of coal a month (coal then I believe 20/- per ton & all the miner paid was 2/6 to the man who "drew" it, that was the carter who brought it from the pit, tipped outside the house, everyone helped with buckets & spades & wheelbarrows to shovel it in & take it to the coal house. How any woman managed to raise the large families, such as ours in such a small house I shall never know, yet it was pride in cleanliness that held such a large part such a large part in family life. Anything that could be scrubbed, polished or washed was done so on a weekly basis  Monday was always wash day, when the copper in the scullery was filled with water & a fire lit underneath, clothes were soaked, boiled rinsed & mangled by the huge rollers on the mangle, linen was starched, all hung out to dry, or in bad weather dried on lines or racks stretched