Before water supply networks were put into service, public wash houses played a major part in the domestic and community life of a village. Until the middle of the 20th century, the “big wash” (grande buâye) took place in two stages. Washing was done at home with hot water and wood ash (the potassium carbonate it contained was a degreasing and whitening agent). Rinsing was for the next day. As this required huge quantities of running water, this often took place either in specially equipped areas along a river or in a public wash house. Then, the laundry was left to be “whitened” on hedges, washing lines or spread out on a meadow.
Dating back to the beginning of the 19th century, this wash house is fed by a spring situated a hundred metres away. With its shed roof it is very similar to the wash house of Latour-Bas, especially the low wall limiting access to the sinks. The concrete pillar is here joined to a pilaster embedded in the back wall. This wall, from which emerge several water pipes, was built with sundry blocks of stone.