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Until the second world war, these lavoirs on the right were where the women of Vannes came to wash their laundry. There was a natural rinse cycle in either the tide or the river flooding. This was terrible work - to be on your knees on granite, scrubbing and then going home with heavy bundles of cleaned clothes. My grandmother did this kind of work in Hennebont for years. It ruined both her knees and her back. Her hands were wracked with arthritic pain in her later years. Back then, no one had pity for the poor washer-woman.

Betty: on 2013-01-02 18:02:27

No pity nor relief. Who said hard work never killed anyone? Not true.

Julia: on 2013-01-06 12:51:22

Sad but true.

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