Ashton-under-Lyne - donkey stones and wrap aprons.

June, now lives in Caithness, but originally from Aston-Under-Lyne, Geater Manchester, remembers the ritual of scrubbing their doorstepd with a 'donkey stone'. 
And of course, all the women were wearing floral wrap aprons or house dresses!

If you are wondering what on earth a 'donkey stone' is, then click here to find out more: 
Eli Whalley, founded in the 1890s, produced 2.5m donkey stones a year during its heyday in the 1930s but closed in 1979.

Donkey Stone : Here it is in use -- check out that wrap apron!



My husband Joe remembers seeing women scrubbing their doorsteps with donkey stones  in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, during the 1980's on his way to work at Jackhouse Reservoir.