Thonon-les-Bains quartiers (districts) are often pretty with their wash-house in the centre. The wash-house was mainly used to rinse laundry after having washed it and was important for social reasons as one of few places were women could meet up and talk.
Doing the laundry was physically challenging so doing it in a group made it more manageable as women could chat, joke, sing and sometimes even fight. For these reasons a number of "codes" appeared around the wash-house which became official rules about frequenting the location, religious restrictions and traditions to uphold. You can still see traces of the social role of the wash-house in today’s society and it’s this more secret and often misunderstood side that you can explore whilst strolling through the streets.
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A semi-circular pool attached perpendicularly to a rinsing pool where you kneel to rinse. Twelve individual stones from the Allinges site. Wash house size: 6.75m x 6m.
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This wash house has an oval pool with twelve individual stones which means you could kneel down and wash clothes with someone in front of you. The rinsing pool has a trough and the pool measures 8m x 3m.
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