Clothing in 17th century England was very expensive, even for wealthy families like the Daunteseys. People would not have as many outfits as we have today, and they would want to take good care of what they had.
Laundry was a much more labor intensive process back then. One unique item from Agecroft's collection sheds some light on this process. Here's a video of Agecroft Hall's Executive Director, Anne Kenny-Urban, talking about the laundry counter in our collection: