An intersting claim has been made that during the 1500s, most people got married in June. The reason given that having taken their yearly bath in May, their smell was not too offputting by June. It was suggested that the custom of the bride carrying a bouquet originated in their effort to mask any unpleasant ordour. However, their is no evidence to support either of these claims.Until comparitively recent days, poorer families would often bathe in a big tub of hot water in front of the open fire.The man of the house had the privilege of bathing first, to be followed by the other adult males. The womenfolk then followed, before finally the children and babies. By this time the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying,"Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"
The Fall Guy
There is an old inn near London’s Marble Arch, with a gruesome history. Prisoners used to be taken to the adjacent gallows following their trial.The horse-drawn dray conveying them was stopped outside by an accompanying armed guard. The prisoners were asked if they would like one last drink. If they answered in the affirmative their tipple was known as ‘one for the road’ If a prisoner declined he remained on the dray, in which case he was known to be ‘on the wagon’.
In the days when urine was used to tan animal skins poorer families would all pee in a chamberpot. This was taken and sold to the tannery each a day. Those who depended upon the proceeds for their survival were known to be "piss poor".The very poorest members of society were unable even to afford a pot. These unfortunates "didn’t have a pot to piss in".