Friday, 5 February 2010

Donkey Stones.

This display caught my eye today in a shop window in Hebden Bridge.

It was common practise once upon a time for a woman to mop her front doorstep and finish it off  with a layer of donkey stone.  I remember my mother doing this when I was a little girl in the 50s and early 60s. It looked lovely for a while then people would walk on it and it was back to being mucky again.

Nobody ever bought a donkey stone, you’d get them off the rag and bone man when he came round with his horse and cart, in exchange for your old rags.


I’ve just been looking it up on the Net and it seems that donkey stones were made in Ashton and are still available there on the indoor market.



vickigooda said...

Hello was only the front step that the donkey stone was used on? xxx

John said...

I was looking at the same display today in Hebden Bridge explaining all about 'donkey stones' and 'rag and bone men' to Max - is that uncanny or are we just getting old?!!