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A woman carrying buckets of night-soil, photographed in 1871.
A woman carrying buckets of night-soil, photographed in 1871.
Industrially produced "sanitary ware", now in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
Industrially produced "sanitary ware", now in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
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A Rochdale Corporation pail closet. The seated area is on the right. The chamber on the left was for the disposal of common household waste.
A Rochdale Corporation pail closet. The seated area is on the right. The chamber on the left was for the disposal of common household waste.
Diagram of a midden closet in Nottingham
Diagram of a midden closet in Nottingham
A full pail, complete with lid (left), and an empty pail, ready to be returned. These are Rochdale pails, made from wood. Manchester's pails were made
A full pail, complete with lid (left), and an empty pail, ready to be returned. These are Rochdale pails, made from wood. Manchester's pails were made from galvanised iron, with India-rubber beading around the lids to seal them.
Cutaway section of a Goux pail, with mould
Cutaway section of a Goux pail, with mould