Project ID769
DescriptionEpping Sanitary Steam Laundry is at the end of Bower Vale which is a cul-de-sac of mainly old housing ending at the railway line. I started with an article in a 1996 commemorative edition of the former local paper, the West Essex Gazette, which gave a brief history of the laundry which opened in 1894. By 1906 it faced financial ruin and a number of well-known local families put together a rescue bid.
TopicSocial history
TypeU3A-led research (SLP)
U3ARoding Valley U3A
Year started2018
Source of referenceSources Online June 2018
The museum has recordings made by the last manager, Mark Lemon, and by his father, George Lemon, the previous manager who continued his involvement with the laundry well into his 90s.
There may be information in Essex Record Office and in newspaper archives which I haven’t yet explored. I would like to do this before regarding this project as complete.