Kitchen maid (pulley airer)

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A Kitchen Maid, sometimes Kitchen Maid Pulley Airer, is a ceiling mounted clothes and laundry airer [1]

Description[edit]

The unit is a multiple horizontal wooden railed device with two ends, originally cast iron, both separating the rails and acting as points to secure the cords that raise and lower the unit. Cords go from the metal tether points to pulleys mounted on the ceiling, and then to a cleat mounted on the wall.

Usage[edit]

It is lowered to be loaded or unloaded, then raised to move the items up into warmer air and as out of the way of room occupants as the ceiling height allows. Often known alternatively in the North of England as a creel.

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