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Outside toilets
Description:
Undated. View of outside toilet block.

User Comments:

Name:
Ray D

Comment:
This is typical of toilet blocks serving the 1000s of back to back houses in the city prior to slum clearances. A block would usually consist of four toilets with spaces at each end of household refuse. This block located in a passageway linking two streets.Bathing was a 'tin' bath in front of the old fashioned range, or the local public baths. Not all back to backs had this arrangement, some larger ones had basement toilets but still were accessed from the outside, some also had the luxury of a plumbed in bath in the scullery.

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Name:
B Hallam

Comment:
At my old house on Beckett Street, we were lucky enough to have our own outside lavatory in the garden. But it looked exactly like this one with the pedestal inside a box. The arrangement had the benefit of having somewhere to stand the kelly-lamp when it was dark. The box seat was comfortable if a little high to a child. My late wife's early years were not so lucky and had to use a common shared block. She said it was the reason that everyone learned to whistle a tune.

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Name:
Christine Hebenton

Comment:
The yard of our shop in Greenmount Terrace/Flaxton Street had a toilet like the one pictured. One of my Saturday jobs from quite a young age was to scrub it down - girls (for some reason)tended to be introduced to this job early on. I remember being thankful that it was not one of the communal toilets across the street that served a number of houses. Newspaper was the bog roll of the day (hung up on a nail) - I can't imagine how the drains coped with it.

Date:
12-Oct-2008

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Name:
melanie (wortley)

Comment:
I lived in Armley Grove Place as a child and before we had out inside toilet installed (in the early seventies) our outside toilet was just like this. The toilet was boxed in just like this. We shared it with our next door neighbour, Mrs collins. It was freezing in winter. When it was dark we had to take a torch with us. I used to be terrified going in the dark

Date:
12-Oct-2008

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Name:
michael mcguinness

Comment:
this is identcal to our toilet in where i was born in VICTORIA PLACE,wortley.in the winter it used to freeze up,witch is not surprising when you look at the picture,my farther used bang up the lead pipe yopu can see on the back wall.this would have being when we had bad winters.i was born in this house next door 1938.

Date:
22-Oct-2008

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Name:
Eamonn Cronin

Comment:
The toilet pot inside the wood box was what was called a cottage pot. It was a round large bowl that sat onto the drain.The joint to seal it was made with strips of cloth dipped in paint,wrapped around and round and then putty was added and smothed before another lair of cloth was applied. We had to use some petrol from our blow lamps to get our hands clean. The pipe shown on the wall would'nt freeze as this was the flush pipe,but the lead supply pipe would.

Date:
19-Nov-2013

Email:
eamonn.cronin@sky.com

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Name:
michael wilson

Comment:
I lived in Longside street just off Lloyd street. we had to share our toilet with the next house. After we moved to the top of Lloyd Street just off Burley road, we had two toilts. One upstairs and the other at the bottom of the garden at the back of the house! It was like heaven.

Date:
09-Apr-2014

Email:
michael.wilson.45@arcor.de

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