Has anyone seen or can anyone place these two chunks found in the garden over the past few weeks?
Neither looks like anything from a Ladder house. Both look like an early form of moulded concrete.
The white chunk is covered with white ceramic.
The second chunk looks like it might have been part of a moulded door or window frame, again on an early concrete base, but this time faced in a red finish.
It's been suggested to me (thanks David) that the white item may be part of a sink. I think that has to be a strong possibility.
Could it be part of a ‘washing copper’ they used to have them in the scullery of the old ladder houses. I’ve found a photo on good old Wikipedia and the top is painted white. It seems they were gas heated. I remember the one my grandma had but by 1955 she wasn’t using it. Hers had a drainage tap, lower front. I lived in the same house as her: grandma and grandad downstairs, mum, dad and I upstairs.
To clarify: my grandma’s had no visible brickwork on the outside, only smooth concrete.
Thanks for the suggestion, Lydia.
Sounds and looks like a fair possibility to me Lydia. And a fair assumption that the white surface was a water barrier ? The piece with number 12 on.........is that sooted over ? Could be a firebrick of some sort ? Interesting finds Hugh.
Air raid shelter? Not a typical Anderson, but someone might have been creative about it. Although I think the laundry copper is more likely.