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Instead of a bath tub or shower washbasins or a cast iron pot were used The water had to be pumped from the water pump in the front garden Many of the Cornish houses were built without a plan for a bathroom Water was drawn from an underground tank and heated on the kitchen fire The toiletlavatory used were earth closets consisting of a plain wooden toilet seat and a long drop Ashes from the house would have been poured tipped into the pit and squares of newspaper used instead of toilet paper As the family grew it was common to extend the house This can be seen because of the uneven roof extensions as the additional rooms were added on to the cottages which started off with only two rooms Life during the copper rush was hard on the many families that lived there Many of the men worked in the copper mines and did not see the light of day A typical day started at 600 am and finished at 600pm when they would return home to their wives who looked after the home Lunch would be a Cornish pasty which was cooked by the missus Young boys of ten and over would often join their fathers at the site and pick through the tailings for copper pieces of any value These boys were often called young picky boys The young girls would stay at home with their mother and help with the domestics and looking after the kids There were many cases when a mining accident occurred and father was killed This would be a major economic loss and often when this happened the women were lent pressing machines to help them earn money If there was a young son he would be able to earn a little money working as a picky boy in the tailing heap If their family was part of a guild they would receive
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