Taken T’Cleaners

Otley

What does the phrase taken to the cleaners really mean? One version is ‘Relived of one’s money or aspirations, perhaps by flimflam; easily bested.’ Since the 19th century people have been cleaned out or stripped of there assets by gambling or dishonesty.
The advent of professional dry cleaners brought about a modernization of the earlier phrase ‘cleaned out’.
Of course the Australian cricket team were taken to the cleaners on the recent ashes tour and that is nothing to do with brass or getting green grass stains out of ‘whites’.

Abbey Glen Ltd has been an established, business to business, textile rental operator for over 100 years. The original laundry site was based in Sheffield at the turn of the last century, however, after considerable investment and technical advancement it now operates from more modern sites in Doncaster and Worksop. It is good to see they are still successfully thriving after over 100 years in the industry. This picture shows them moving laundry from the dales back down to Sheffield.

The mill chimney unlike so many soot encrusted chimneys has not suffered the indignity of sandblasting. It is a non-PC black with red trim.