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Fit pendants about a foot from the window I have heard theories over the years be good to get an opinion from someone on here that may have wired one in the 1930' s lol
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I've also wondered this as I have seen it in quite a few properties :)

Glad you asked the question:thumbsup
 
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2 things one was to replicate light coming from the window the other was not to cast a shadow as a lot of lights did not have shades more common in bathrooms ie nearer to the window so as not to cast a shadow
 
Remembering back some 30+ years my college tutor explained that lights were set near to windows in bedrooms to prevent occupier being silhouetted in window when light was turned on - but I 'm open to other theories
 

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yep. a combination of simulating window light and for the ladies to get dressed/undressed without being between the light and the curtains.
 

Jimmy Boy

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That was along the lines that the old builders have told me it seemed o be a very early 20 C thing
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i was told when doing my apprenticeship they were put closer to the window for privacy so that women getting dressed (or doing other things perhaps) wouldn't cast a shadow onto the curtains sparing thus their blushes
 

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lasted into the sixties. not thaat long ago. along with spider wiring in the attic. loverrly JBs with 8/10 cables bodged in
 

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No electrical but following the same privacy rule as above,

Another one you don't always see nowadays is doors to rooms were always hung so they hid the view into the room when the door was partly open.
 

snowhead

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And another one, radiators were always put under windows to mask the draught from single glazing and unsealed casements,
 

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Nope,no-ones got it.It was because apprentices didnt have torches or led's and had to be near the window to see those microscopic brass slotted screws.Those years on time-team were not wasted......:conehead:
 

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Another one ish,

Pendant switch above the bed, flex hanging down with a switch on.

I fitted one in my first house, bought in 1972.

Non of your modern string and plastic dongle rubbish.
 

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Nope,no-ones got it.It was because apprentices didnt have torches or led's and had to be near the window to see those microscopic brass slotted screws.Those years on time-team were not wasted......:conehead:
slotted screws and Apprentices were never a problem. just give 'em a hammer. the slots are for removal of the screws.
 

Jimmy Boy

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I used to have a long pendant drop over the bed but it burnt my wife's bottom so it had to go lol
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Nope,no-ones got it.It was because apprentices didnt have torches or led's and had to be near the window to see those microscopic brass slotted screws.Those years on time-team were not wasted......:conehead:
But they did have candles stuck to their forehead with hot wax.
 

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No electrical but following the same privacy rule as above,

Another one you don't always see nowadays is doors to rooms were always hung so they hid the view into the room when the door was partly open.
Another reason could be the flames being pushed away from you when the room is burning,rather than sucking them into your nostrils when the door is hung opposite :sweatdrop: :ack2::ack2::ack2:
 
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your all wrong - pendants in front of window so as to make hand animal shadow shapes on the back wall.
:-D
 

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well, judging by your avatar, it's not surprising they stopped doing that.
 
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and another thing with older (victorian) houses n all....is the way bedroom doors always opened outwards into the room....so if a lady was in the buff.....you wouldn`t see nowt...mind you , the ivy leaf would be enough anyway.....
 

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I always thought it was because in yesteryear folks used to have clothes dryers and vegetable hangers and stuff in the middle of the room so the light was always offset. Might be a load of tripe though.
 

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that is one nice pooch. can he get channel 5 on those ears?

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I always thought it was because in yesteryear folks used to have clothes dryers and vegetable hangers and stuff in the middle of the room so the light was always offset. Might be a load of tripe though.
it certainly is.
 

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I always thought it was because in yesteryear folks used to have clothes dryers and vegetable hangers and stuff in the middle of the room so the light was always offset. Might be a load of tripe though.
No they definitely didn't hang Tripe up in the middle of the room
 
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She can pick up the cartoon channel if she sits still , useful for tuning into roadrunner :-D
 

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I always thought it was because in yesteryear folks used to have clothes dryers and vegetable hangers and stuff in the middle of the room so the light was always offset. Might be a load of tripe though.

Yes,in old times it was a pain battling your way past the onions and grandpas Long Johns just to get to bed.then find the slugs had the same idea.
Some quaint ideas of old times there K
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we were posh. the clothes driers and veg. racks were in the kitchen not the bedrooms. tin bath in the scullery, hung on a nail on the back door all week. saturday night, kettles on the fire/aga. kids in first, then mother, then father. but that was just in winter time. april through september was a hosepipe in the back yard.
 
No electrical but following the same privacy rule as above,

Another one you don't always see nowadays is doors to rooms were always hung so they hid the view into the room when the door was partly open.
Now they are hung the other way to make the rooms look bigger when you sell the house.
 

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we were posh. the clothes driers and veg. racks were in the kitchen not the bedrooms. tin bath in the scullery, hung on a nail on the back door all week. saturday night, kettles on the fire/aga. kids in first, then mother, then father. but that was just in winter time. april through september was a hosepipe in the back yard.
Hosepipe? We should have been so lucky...

Cue Monty Python...
 
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wring the clothes in the mangle and dry it in front of the aga,christ i remember me granny doing that..:rolleyes2:
 

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Up until 1980 my nan had a twin tub and a mangle. Many happy days getting my fingers trapped in that.
 

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