Remembering the days of the old Eastbourne Sanitary Steam Laundry

Eastbourne Sanitary Laundry in Latimer Road
Eastbourne Sanitary Laundry in Latimer Road
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LOOKING Back has been out on the streets of Eastbourne this week after this lovely old photograph of the former Eastbourne Sanitary Steam Laundry arrived in the office.

The laundry was at 146 Latimer Road before it was pulled down to make way for Duke Bernard Court, a sheltered housing complex for older people, on the corner of Carlton Road.

The site of the former Eastbourne Sanitary Laundry

The site of the former Eastbourne Sanitary Laundry

Our photographs show the area now and then.

According to an advertisement in a 1912 edition of the Eastbourne Chronicle, the predecessor of the Eastbourne Herald, the laundry boasted that “every convenience is provided for ensuring the highest class of work for families, schools and hotels”.

It went on, “An important feature in this perfectly appointed laundry is that the arrangement offers absolute protection against the spread of disease of any kind by infected linen.

“Schools and hotels should become personally acquainted with sanitary arrangements.”

The laundry had a spacious open drying ground and took in items such as curtains, cretonnes and “cleaned and finished collar and shirt”.

If you have any memories of the former Eastbourne Sanitary Steam Laundry or any items for Looking Back, then we’d love to hear from you.

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