Popeth ar Ffilm
The original film was made, it appears, by owner Mr. Jordan, in order to show his laundry at work.
In the new film we see that industrial washing hasn't changed that much since the forties and fifties when Doreen Teague, Gwen Faulks and Gwyneth Jones all worked at Caefelin. However domestic washing has changed completely, as Eleri Jones discovers, when she interviews her grandmother, Gwyneth, and her mother, Alwena.
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Film inspired by:
Cae Felin Laundry (circa 1952: director Mr. Jordan)
Film length: 10 minutes 57 seconds
Llangollen family save Ifor's laundry film plan
Three generations of a Denbighshire farming family get together to help make a film about a piece of local history - the Caefelin Laundry in Llangollen.
The Jones family of Rhydonnen Isaf Farm, Rhewl, near Llangollen are the stars of the modern film, which picks up on the themes of the original 'Caefelin Laundry' film, shot in 1952 by the then owner of the laundry.
Ifor discovers a great deal of information about Caefelin Laundry, which opened in 1902 and closed in 1978. He learns that it stood on the site of what is now a garage - Kenrick Motors. He also learns about who owned and managed the business.
But when it comes to making his film, Ifor has something of a challenge finding contributors who used to work at the laundry - that is, until he meets A-level student, Eleri Jones, a pupil at Ysgol Dinas Bran in Llangollen. Eleri, doing a summer job at a local hotel, explains to Ifor what happens to the hotel's laundry these days but, more importantly, she introduces him to her grandmother, Mrs Gwyneth Jones.
Mrs Jones, along with her friend, Mrs Doreen Teague, worked at Caefelin Laundry in the 1930s and 40s and the two become the main contributors to Ifor's new film.
"It was hard work in the laundry, we were sometimes working from 8am to 8pm and on Saturday mornings," they recall.
"After the evacuation of Dunkirk, clothes came in covered in maggots and body lice. To think our boys had been wearing them for days on end," Mrs Teague remembers.
As well as granddaughter, Eleri, Mrs Jones's daughter-in-law, Alwena, Eleri's mother, also plays a part in the film. She demonstrates modern methods of domestic clothes washing, which has changed greatly over the last 50 years, whereas industrial washing has changed much less. This is demonstrated in footage shot for the new film at Star County Laundry, Llay, near Wrexham.