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    hi does any one remember the lune laundry i think thats how you spell it, by the mystery park and is there any old pictures of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasha View Post
    hi does any one remember the lune laundry i think thats how you spell it, by the mystery park and is there any old pictures of it.
    thanks
    debbie
    Hello Debbie

    You have spelled the name of the laundry correctly. It looks as if the Record Office could help with a photograph or information on the Lune Laundry since a nationwide archives listing shows:

    Merseyside Record Office: Lune Laundry, Lawrence Road, Wavertree, Liverpool [1925-1925] ref. M380LUL

    Also check out this Google search where one person on a genealogical site mentions an illustration of the laundry in a Holt School magazine for 1925.

    The Spinners song "Liverpool Lullaby" has a couple of lines about the Lune:

    Liverpool Lullaby
    Author: Stan Kelly

    Oh you are a mucky kid,
    Dirty as a dustbin lid
    When he finds out the things you did
    You'll get a belt from your da
    Oh you have your father's nose
    So crimson in the dark, it glows
    If you're not asleep when the boozers close
    You'll get a belt from your da

    You look so scruffy lying there
    Strawberry jam tufts in your hair
    Though in the world you haven't a care
    And I have got so many
    It's quite a struggle everyday
    Living on your father's pay
    ‘cause the bugger drinks it all away
    And leaves me without any

    Although we have no silver spoon
    Better days are coming soon
    Now Nellie's working at the Lune
    And she gets paid on Friday

    Perhaps one day we'll have a bash
    When Littlewoods provide the cash
    We'll get a house in Knotty Ash
    And buy your dad a brewery

    Oh you are a mucky kid,
    Dirty as a dustbin lid
    When he finds out the things you did
    You'll get a belt from your da
    Oh you have your father's face
    You're growing up a real hard case
    But there's no one can take your place
    Go fast asleep for Mammy


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    Here's a poem on the Liverpool 800 Poems Site

    The Lune Laundry

    The Lune laundry lay long a low
    next to the Army Barracks off Wavertree road.
    Rows of small high-up windows like weaving mills
    gave it an institutional air as you could never see in
    so imagining a sort of washerwoman’s Hades.

    Vans cream, sometimes green, roared in and out
    with regimented precision carrying massive,
    varnished, wicker basket’s so heavy
    the driver and his mate staggered low carrying them in
    continuing the same routine on the way out
    but now they were tagged with large white luggage labels.

    The Lune catered for every need,
    collars starched so stiff
    they could be worn for maybe three days
    the first being purgatory,
    cutting at the neck like a razorblade
    making conversation a quizzical exercise between men
    with their with head’s held painfully to one side.

    Sheets boiled in huge vats were mangled onto long tables
    and deftly flicked by white turbaned women
    into manageable size before being strung up on
    monster drying rails.

    Then as the hooter signalled the end of the day,
    they rushed out into the road,
    pink, parboiled and smelling as if they had just
    emerged from a hot soapy bath.

    Worse, the surrounding area had the same smell
    ... anathema to us kids.


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    You dug them out didn't you Chris, well done.
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    chris thats excellent thank you so much in finding all that info/ my mum worked there when she left school, round about my daughters age now. and that is where she used to meet my dad outside. awwwwwww

    thanks again
    debbie

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