Extracts from Cross Country - Just a little Taster!!!
The picture of the 19th century domestic scene ....the wee but 'n ben...
...it was very plain and modest...the beds were huge boxes, the rest of the furniture was the same. Not one in a hundred
could boast of mahogany articles, the tables being fir, the chairs hardwood....the house and dairy utensils were chiefly made
of wood and often of the clumsiest kind.....
Renfrewshire in 1836
There were floods in the County. A great deal of the hay was not cut and it stood all through the frosts and snows of
Bishopton in 1857
In a snap shot of Bishopton from an old OS map...it shows a community of only a few dozen dwellings, many by the roadside.
Then there are the Churches, schools, a Post Office, several Inns and the Smithies...The latter were really important for
this was still the days of horse, cart and stagecoach.
Elizabeth Cross (1800 - 1881) was a fieldworker in Erskine.
To avoid being driven onto the poor roll women like Elizabeth had to take up any kind of work that was available. She
is also described sometime as a washerwoman.
This was among the least attractive, unskilled lowly jobs of the parish. These duties could include ( as that of any pauper
) some grim tasks as washing the bodies of the sick and dying and even the dead before burial......