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Getting your new home on the grid

As far as your kids are concerned broadband and a mobile signal are essential, never mind about mains water!

OUR great-great grandparents’ memories of the Tilley lamp, the earth closet at the end of the garden and the water pump alongside the big stone sink are slowly fading from memory.

There are very few people left alive today who can recall them – though chances are many of us still have a few Tilley lamps on standby for power cuts.

The utilities we expect today were luxuries back then and some of what we consider basic utilities now were just plain unheard of, luxury or not.

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