Lowerhouse Mile - 'Outside Toilets'
In the early 19th century, working class homes did not always have their own toilet and had to share one, which was generally a small brick building within a row of houses,
which local residents often had to queue to use. The toilet itself usually consisted of a wooden box seating structure above a 'Long Drop' system to allow the sewerage to
escape into the underground sewers.
In the later part of the century, toilets were generally white porcelain pans, with a wooden bench structure on top for seating. A metal cast iron cistern was fixed to the wall above the toilet containing water, which was released by pulling a chain to flush away the sewerage from the toilet pan below.
above a 'Long Drop' toilet system
Normally placed under the bed for nightime use,
then emptied the following morning.
and had their own pull chain water cistern above for flushing.
shaped wooden seats for more comfort.