earth closet


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earth closet

n
(Historical Terms) a type of lavatory in which earth is used to cover excreta
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We had gas lighting, an outside earth closet, a single cold water tap for the entire house, a single gas ring and were overun with rats.
The first Dry Earth Closet model was patented in 1860.
The pencil sketches were drawn on the walls of a now ivy-covered earth closet at the bottom of the garden of a house in the Pembrokeshire coastal village of Trevine, shortly to become a conservation area.
A tap supplies cold water from a spring and the toilet is an outside earth closet.
I did unearth an old earth closet behind a pile of rubble in the room that's now my study - the family call it my Vanity Room as the walls are covered with every award I've ever received
In many small communities, the median number of rooms per house was four or five, but sanitation was confined to an outdoor earth closet (often shared with another household), water was accessible only from wells, and electrification had scarcely begun.
The cottage was built as part of the Chartist Land Plan in 1849 and has been restored to reflect the living conditions of the early Chartists, with features including a dairy, water pump and earth closet.
Over the decades as the earth closet fell into disuse and the outside door fell off, the drawings felt the force of the elements and began to disintegrate.
An 18th-century brick building still contains its three-seater earth closet, complete with slate room and sash windows.
It's described as an unusual his & hers double earth closet and forms part of careful restoration of a Grade II listed building.
There is a single garage of block walls under an asbestos roof and period 'comforts' include the former earth closet to the east, now ripe for indoor replacement.
Old gas mantles have even been re-adapted for modern lighting and the earth closet has been reinstated - not for its original use - but as a tool store.