Life in the 1500's

    The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water
    temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to

    Here are some facts about the 1500s:

    These are interesting...
    Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in
    May, and still smelled pretty good by June.

    However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of
    flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a
    bouquet when getting married.
    Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house
    had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and
    men, then the women and finally the children Last of all the babies.

    By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.
    Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

    "Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood
    underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the
    cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.

    When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip
    and off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."There
    was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a
    real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up
    your nice clean bed.

    Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some
    protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
    The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
    Hence the saying "dirt poor."

    The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when
    wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.

    As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until when you opened the
    door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in
    the entranceway. Hence the saying a "thresh hold."
    (Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

    In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that
    always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things
    to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They
    would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold
    overnight and then start over the next day.

    Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.
    Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge
    in the pot nine days old.
    "Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.
    When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.

    It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They
    would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and
    "chew the fat."Those with money had plates made of pewter.

    Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the
    food, causing lead poisoning death.

    This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so,
    tomatoes were considered poisonous.
    Bread was divided according to status.

    Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and
    guests got the top, or "upper crust.

    "Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would
    sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.

    Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them
    for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days
    and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if
    they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."

    England is old and small and the local folks started running out of
    places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the
    bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these
    coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the
    inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they
    would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it throughthe coffin
    and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to
    sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for
    the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a
    "dead ringer."And that's the truth... Now, whoever said that History was
    boring! ! !


    I read that in the 'Chat' magazine a while ago, is really interesting

    Interesting read birdy! I always wondered where baby and the bathwater came from.

    Really interesting post. gave you some rep for that.

    Original Poster

    I received this in an email, and I found interesting hence the reason I posted. Glad you all like it! :thumbsup:

    Thxs for rep lynsey :-D

    There used to be a tv programme before neighbours in the afternoon where some bloke would walk round a room and identify where words came from.

    that was really interesting, thanks for that, :thumbsup:

    think about how things used to be

    What do you mean, "Used to be"?:giggle: :giggle: :giggle:

    (You've obviously never lived in Wales!:giggle: )


    What do you mean, "Used to be"?:giggle: :giggle: :giggle: (You've … What do you mean, "Used to be"?:giggle: :giggle: :giggle: (You've obviously never lived in Wales!:giggle: )

    haha love it :thumbsup:
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