Posted by Paul on January 12, 2021 at 05:31:06 user Paul_Crisp.
In Reply to: Re: Beckfoot Plumbing posted by John Wilson on January 05, 2021 at 02:27:58:
There may have been electric lighting downstairs. Staying at my grandparents' house in the late Fifties the electricity was downstairs, but children had candles up to bed. I can remember Christmas morning in 58 when I had to light the candle to see what was in my stocking, and then switch on the battery radio at 7 a.m. to hear "magical music" - the Hely-Hutchinson Carol Symphony. Coming more up to date, when I had a country cottage in a Surrey village, an elderly neighbour had gas mantles downstairs but used candles upstairs. The gas came in the Thirties, electricity early in the Sixties and mains drainage in the late Sixties. Twenty five years back I stayed in a house mentioned in one of AR's books where again electricity was downstairs but you had candles to see you to bed. Beckfoot may well have had the same and because it was fairly usual AR didn't mention it.
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