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Rushlights were the lighting choice of the poor - very low cost, but not very bright, and may be smelly (because of the tallow). Used from ancient times through to post period.
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Rushlights were the lighting choice of the poor - very low cost, but not very bright, and may be slightly smelly (because of the [[tallow]]). Used from [[ancient]] times through to the [[20th century]].
   
A pith-filled rush is cut, and soaked in [[tallow]] (rendered animal fat) so that the tallow soaks up into the pith. The rush is then dried, and when needed, put in a stand and lit, and slowly burns down like a candle.
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A pith-filled rush is cut, and soaked in [[tallow]] (rendered animal fat) so that the tallow soaks up into the pith. The rush is then dried, and when needed, put in a stand and lit, and slowly burns down like a [[candle]].
   
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==Internal Links==
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''See also:''
 
*[[lighting]]
 
*[[lighting]]
 
*[[candles]]
 
*[[candles]]
 
*[[oil lamps]]
 
*[[oil lamps]]
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[[category:artefact (medieval)]]

Revision as of 19:44, 23 May 2006

Rushlights were the lighting choice of the poor - very low cost, but not very bright, and may be slightly smelly (because of the tallow). Used from ancient times through to the 20th century.

A pith-filled rush is cut, and soaked in tallow (rendered animal fat) so that the tallow soaks up into the pith. The rush is then dried, and when needed, put in a stand and lit, and slowly burns down like a candle.

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See also: