The Rushden Echo and Argus, 18th July 1952, transcribed by Gill Hollis
34,400 County Homes Have No Bath
The truth of that saying that “one half of the world doesn’t know how the other half lives” is borne out by census details now being published.
Here are a few of the facts that surprise us:
Out of Northamptonshire’s 76,600 households, 4,000 are sharing dwellings with other families.
Over 13,900 households in the county have no piped water, and 4,500 households have to share piped water with other families.
There are 9,000 Northamptonshire families with no kitchen sink, and 1,600 with no cooking stove.
Families having to share both kitchen sink and cooking stove with other families total 2,600.
There are no water closets in 13,900 Northamptonshire homes, and 4,200 families have to share a w.c. with another family.
Over 34,400 homes in the county have no fixed bath, and 1,900 families locally have to share a fixed bath with another family.
No Kitchen Sink
These figures show that 47 in every hundred households in Northamptonshire are without exclusive use of fixed bath, 24 per cent do not enjoy exclusive use of piped water or water closet, 15 per cent have no kitchen sink of their own, and five per cent no cooking stove of their own.
The 1951 census divided the population up into five social classes.
Northamptonshire’s 90,900 males of over 15 years of age include 2,200 in class one (administrators, directors, clergy, solicitors, doctors, engineers, architects, and believe it or not journalists).
The county has 15,200 adult males in class two (farmers, managers, station masters, proprietors of retail business, nurses, teachers, publicans).
There are 49,800 in class three (workers in engineering and allied trades, most jobs in the shoe trade, makers of textile goods, many railwaymen and road transport employees, clerks, typists and bookmakers).
There are 16,800 in Northamptonshire in class four (farm workers, firemen, ticket collectors, coal hawkers, barmaids, window cleaners).
The county has 6,900 adult males in class five (mostly unskilled workers, kitchen hands, warehouse assistants, hawkers, messengers, porters, labourers).