No inside tap
Toilet 100 ft down the garden
No hot water
And it wasn't a cave, just an old NCB stone built house and we finally had a
bathroom, inside toilet, back-boiler and the electrics sorted in 1965.
1 x 5amp socket only. That served for 2 bar fire/ Christmas tree/radio and
TV when they came along. Luxury, we had an oversink electric water heater -
it had one of those early neon warning lights, the type that plugged into a
Think we must have been posh had a Wylex plug in front room with adaptor
plug for mums standard lamp.
Iron pluged into light in kitchen and WE had Redifusion !!
A magic box on the kitchen window that got radio stations.
Could even hear it in the outside loo in the back yard .
First house I ever bought was somewhat dilapidated - OK it was a wreck.
Outside toilet, cold tap in kitchen. Those old round pin sockets.
First thing I did was the get the electricity board round to check it out.
Little bloke checked a few bits with a meter, gave sharp intake of breath &
cut off the supply there & then! Left one trailing socket as a builders
Rewired the place myself, installed gas central heating, built a bathroom
on - things were simple then! BCO popped round occasionally, signed off
stuff he hadn't actually seen but knew I'd do right.
Mind you, got this working class lad on the housing ladder - and gave me the
basics to start TMH nearly 30 years later.
We made us own fun in them days...
In article , Arthur2
I think the farmhouse was *modernised* in 1938 when my father came in as
a tenant. Probably one 15amp round pin socket in each room, cooker
outlet and immersion heater all radial and fed from a re-wirable
fuseboard. Say seven in all. I too remember the switchable twin outlet
bayonet light fittings.
In article ,
The house I was brought up in was bought new by my parents in '36, and
they specified one 15 amp 2 pin in each room - so you could use electric
heating. A 5 amp one was added to the living room shortly afterwards for a
My parents had their bungalow built in 1938/39, completed in March 1939
the plan was to have electrickery installed soon after. Then war broke
out, don't you know, so we went all through the war and until some time
after before we could have it installed. I remember my Mother getting
very upset because her cakes did not turn out right in the electric
oven, previously she had cooked with a tin oven heated by a couple of
paraffin lamps. She would have gone back to that but Dad had binned it!
Even when installed very few sockets, most things ran off one of the
IIRC the upstairs bedrooms in our 1953 house didn't (all) have ANY
sockets at all!
There was a landing socket that the hoover plugged into.
Somewhere along the line more were added.
In the days when a valve radio cost a small fortune, so there was only
one, and nothing but lights used electricity..apart from them new
fangled hoovahs, what need for more?
Some people had strange ideas about those radios.
An elderly neighbour sometime in the 1950s told me that "they" couldn't
find him to make him pay his Wireless Licence fee because he never turned
the volume up high on his wireless set. As far as I know they never did
Some years later the ubiquitous portable (and mass produced)
transistor radio probably killed off the Wireless Licence because it was
impossible to trace them effectively.
In message , Arthur2
The 3 bed semi I bought just 20 years ago only had three sockets in the
house, one in the back living room, one in the kitchen, one upstairs on
the landing. No socket in the front living room or in any of the