Privies and Water Closets

Privies and Water Closets

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By (author) David Eveleigh

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  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 204mm x 6mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 24 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747807027
  • ISBN 13: 9780747807025
  • Illustrations note: 80 COL
  • Sales rank: 512,976

Product description

Although Thomas Crapper is most commonly associated with the invention of the flushing toilet, his models were in fact the result of a long line of improvements to earlier designs which date back to ancient times. This book is an ideal introduction to the history of the toilet, tracing its development from the primitive - and very smelly - privy maiden to today's one-piece, all-ceramic WC. Illustrated with superb photographs, this book tells the story of the lavatory, from the Elizabethan era to the modern day.

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Author information

David J Eveleigh is a museum curator, historian and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He specialises in domestic history and his eleven books include, "Bogs, Baths and Basins the Story of Domestic Sanitation."

Review quote

"How well did our ancestors manage without indoor bathrooms or running water? This book largely answers the question... authors of historical novels will find it a fascinating and welcome addition to their research library. I give this book three out of three Regency fans." - "Jane Austen's World" blog

Table of contents

Introduction Privy-Middens Dry Privies Early Water Closet Technology Back Yard Water Closets The Rise of the Pedestal Water Closet The Water Closet After 1900 Further Reading Index