14., 15. Peek in the yards; sheds, saunas and bakehouses

Rauma was a semiagrarian town for a long time, so the houses often had outbuildings. They were used as cattle sheds, bakehouses and saunas. The house facades and their neo-renaissance opulence may have suggested wealthy bourgeois life, but rustic sheds were often hidden in the yards. Brick stoves and built-in cauldrons were often found in the outbuilding bakehouses. In addition to ordinary cooking, shipowners’ bakehouses were used for preparing food for the ships. Hardtacks were made for longer sea voyages. Women were responsible for chores and housekeeping. Sometimes seamen were at sea for years. All houses did not have a sauna building, so sauna guests often used the neighbour’s sauna. When a house was sold, the regular sauna guests came with the house.

You can find a large rustic shed in the Randla yard, in Kuninkaankatu 17. The gate reveals the house-owner’s profession; goldsmith. The gate is a good example of a new gate designed to fit well with its old surroundings.

Museum Marela in Kauppakatu 24 has a large bakehouse. It is not regularly open to the public, but some activities are arranged at the bakehouse once in a while, for instance, children are invited to bake gingerbread in Christmas time.

Rustic sheds, bakehouses and saunas were often found in the house _____________s.

Write the correct word in the poem (8) as well.

leikkimökki imisiä simulassa
Iso-Simula yard had an outbuilding and a playhouse.