Talk:Proposed features/lavoir

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How many?

How many of these lavoir exists? In France and worldwide? estimations?

It looks to me that these are very rare. If that is the case maybe the following can be used:

Also name=* can include "lavoir" to be more specific. --Kslotte 14:23, 27 August 2010 (BST)

In france, i estimated over 25 000 lavoirs. But in the rest of the world, i don't know. In the undeveloped country, the lavoirs are still in service. That's why historic=* does not seem appropriate. --Zoubiddaaa 19:12, 27 August 2010 (BST)
I agree, I wrote in the proposal that there's more or less one lavoir per village and more in cities in France. --PanierAvide 13:28, 3 June 2011 (BST)
In Portugal there's a lot of this and there are already in use. -Yod4z 13:17, 27 September 2012 (BST)

Bateaux-lavoirs (Lavoir boats)

What about bateaux-lavoirs (lavoirs boats) ? We can find them in large rivers like in Paris, Lyon or Laval. We can add lavoir:boat=yes/no to mark them. --PanierAvide 13:42, 3 June 2011 (BST)

Please translate into English

All tags should be in English -- please verify the spelling and meaning of words in an online dictionary. Is "lavoir" some kind of a public self-serve hand-wash laundry facility? --T99 08:21, 20 June 2011 (BST)

For the exact definition, you can have a look on Lavoir on Wikipedia. The translation could be "laundry" or "wash house". Laundry seems to be too much generic, whereas wash house looks like a more exact translation. So, why not amenity=wash_house ? --PanierAvide 09:29, 20 June 2011 (BST)
"wash house" is not a lavoir, a lavoir is use for rinse. He must be used for rinse a fruits, a clothes or a animals. Zoubiddaaa 09:58, 20 June 2011 (BST)

I do not agree and feel comfortable with wash_house which is the exact translation. The "lavoirs" in Burgundy are used both to wash with soap, and then rince. They are exactly used the same way as wash houses in England. So I do not agree with the addition of a French word when there is the exact equivalent in English.

Problem is that "wash house" refers to public place where persons can wash themselves (Bath and wash houses in Britain, so it is not for cleaning clothes. I agree we do need to use an english word if available, but for the moment historic=lavoir has to do. --aleene (talk) 19:15, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

Now days ?

I've read, trying to quickly find a solution (11 lavoirs in my village). There is two threads on [OSM-Talk-fr] and one on german one, and no solution. The most appropriate issue I found is to tag building (building=yes, history=lavoir, roof, shelter, access, ...), because it is; add a multipolygone (name=lavoir), with water, if there is natural=water, water=reservoir.

Shouldn't that be historic=lavoir? --aleene (talk) 19:18, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

But As Zoubiddaaa said, it's not a "wash house", it's not a house, it's maybe a "wash place", I don't know them. They often have an access from the street (usually public).

The most important to accept the amenity=lavoir is that they're still in use, even in developed countries. --Bewam (talk) 17:24, 19 December 2013 (UTC)



I think it would be better to use a tag covered=yes instead of shelter=yes. --IamSylve (talk) 14:06, 28 February 2015 (UTC)