This twee little Victorian building is something unusual and most residents under a certain age probably have no idea what it was as it’s been locked up tightly for at least 15 years or so. I Remember it well as a small child, especially on the long walk between town and my grandparents home, it was a blessing to a small bladder. That’s right, its a Public Convenience or a toilet to us mere commoners.
Built around 1900, its an octagonal red brick build with a bell cast roof that is topped off with a louvred cupola and has a lunette window on two alternate faces of the building. There is a dividing wall that runs from the outside into the building, splitting it exactly into two and forming the structural support for the roof. There’s an entrance on either side of the dividing wall for each gender and I have noticed that the wall is at least 2 metres high by the doors (probably to save the ladies from any blushes in case of prying eyes from the other side as they entered or left).
The only reason that this cute building is no longer in use is cash cutbacks by the local council due to the maintenance costs as the facilities used to get vandalized fairly regularly, which I think is a shame and says a lot about how little respect some people have for things which belong to all of us.
Feature Image – Canon ESO 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 1/50, Aperture f/11.0, ISO 400, Focal Length 24mm
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