Ferrol - Urban History
New 'lavadero público'

Water supplies were extremely inadequate in the neighbourhood of Esteiro, where during the nineteenth century there were just two fountains in a very run-down condition. Women had to travel to the nearby stream of Caranza to wash their clothes, something that was particularly tough as many worked as washerwomen for families in La Magdalena. The first 'lavadero público', that is to say a public washing place where women could wash clothes, did not appear in the area until the Second Republic, in 1936, when a socialist mayor came to power, and the Popular Front won the general elections in Spain. The 'lavadero' in the image is not from Esteiro but from another popular neighbourhood, Ferrol Vello ('Old Ferrol').

Guillermo Escrigas, Postcard collection