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.
This nice little wash house built with limestone blocks from Grandcourt dates back to the middle of the 19th century. Access was through the gable wall. The side wall has three openings with rounded lintels ended by keystones slightly protruding. The saddle roof rests on a moulded stone cornice. Unfortunately, nothing was left of the facilities inside this building.