This Friday’s old photo features a house/building in Back Sea View (or vicinity) that was once used as Wylie’s Laundry. By the looks that’s a tank of hot steamy water ready for the next boil wash.
It seems that Wylie’s Laundry and the Hoylake Steam Laundry Company (based where Heap & Partners used to be by the train line) operated at the same time – read the comments in this post for more information. And I’ve stumbled upon this web page that mentions the roles of hydro men and hydro women. Even the National Jazz Archive suggests that a Hoylake resident (maybe a Elvey Hartley?) owned the Birkenhead-based Falcon Steam Laundry …seems Hoylake was into laundry in a big way!
I like all the chimney pots in the photo – they seem to me to be the main focus of the image. In the background you can see the old Parish Church bell tower that once stood in Trinity Road.
Today Hoylake still has not just one, but two laundrettes that both presumably receive enough business to keep going? Unless I’m mistaken West Kirby doesn’t have a laundrette does it (Deeside Laundry in Groveside is commercial only)?
Any photos of the old Hoylake Steam Laundry Co?