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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earth closets were replaced by flush toilets and medical services improved with the addition of new hospitals and clinics, greatly benefitting the health of Gateshead's residents.
Her theme being "Guzunders to Privies, An Amusing View of Sewage Disposal Over the Centuries and she said chamber pots were followed by earth closets and eventually water closets.
There was also nightsoil, the contents of outside earth closets which were used in some parts of Liverpool until World War II.
There is also a well outside the rear door and outbuildings including three earth closets, a hen house and the remains of a pig sty.
He also goes onto recall that, as a young joiner, he was involved in repairing earth closets, known as netties
As for the toilet, we didn't start flushing until the 1830s and even then they were only to be found in upper-class houses with the less well off using chamber pots or cold, damp, outside earth closets.
Estonia's colourful survey of the nation's al fresco earth closets (artfully cannibalized from structures as disparate as boat hulls and disused sentry boxes) had both rustic charm and a welcome sense of authenticity.