The outside lavatory.......

Started by: i-spy (15034) 

..anybody miss theirs

Started: 8th Mar 2014 at 22:26

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

it wasn't always easy seeing in the dark

Replied: 8th Mar 2014 at 22:46

Posted by: momac (11783) 

No,I don't miss it,I always seemed to walk into a cobweb when it was dark..

Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 12:31

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

thank god for good old jerry

Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 16:02

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

is it true that some Wigan streets only had one between 'em.

Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 16:04

Posted by: mache (inactive)

"thank god for good old jerry" jarvo?

Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 16:05

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

apparently they're making a comeback. But I don't think one would fit under my bed.

Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 16:17

Posted by: PeterP (8820)

Used to use the outside loo when doing gardening saved taking mucky boots off to use indoor one

Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 17:10

Posted by: retep1949 (701)

The jerry was called a po in our house.Outside lavvies were creepy full of spiders and wood lice My dad used to put a paraffin lamp in winter to stop the pipes freezing.Used to go to my aunties in Bickershaw Lane and they did not even flush it just went into the ashes.,

Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 19:29

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

One of our neighbours called theirs Charlie. I thought they had a son I'd never seen.

Replied: 9th Mar 2014 at 21:45

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

there's a good selection at Bygone Times.

Replied: 11th Mar 2014 at 22:18

Posted by: irene (2900) 

I can remember newspaper squares hung behind the lavvy door, and juicy stories from The News of The World, much too old for my young eyes, and so frustrating trying to find the next bit of the story from amongst the cut-up squares!

Replied: 17th Mar 2014 at 20:40

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

I've found a build-your-own outside bog website. Anybody interested - there'll be a big saving if we can come up with 10 orders.

Replied: 22nd Mar 2014 at 22:17

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (4131) 

Our outside loo was in a block of about 7/8 and the back wall of them ran up an entry at side of THE RAVEN CLUB just off tunstall lane we lived on Ormskirk road to my your question my answer is definitely do not miss them!!!!like some one said we used to cut the news of the world into squares hung on a bit of string also which was a pain the loos were often used by men coming out of the RAVIN so if your door lock did not work you had to sit on the loo with one leg up against the door !! SO MY VOTE IS NOOOOOWAY!

Replied: 26th Mar 2014 at 16:38

Posted by: Anne (4011) 

Our outside lav was big enough to store my bike. Must have been eleven/ twelve feet long.

Replied: 26th Mar 2014 at 16:48

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

I hope you didn't sit there ringing the bell anne

Replied: 26th Mar 2014 at 17:00

Posted by: Anne (4011) 

Neither did I sit there pulling the chain.

Replied: 26th Mar 2014 at 17:46

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

When did the lavatory turn into the loo

Replied: 27th Mar 2014 at 21:36

Posted by: mache (inactive)

I missed the outside lavatory often, shivering caused it

Replied: 27th Mar 2014 at 21:43

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

there was a lot more whistling back then.

Replied: 31st Mar 2014 at 22:37

Posted by: PeterP (8820)

Anne I knocked the back wall out of the toilet block then bricked up the side wall where the dustbin went. Then removed the toilet and blocked the drain off. Fitted a tap onto water supply, fitted padlock onto the door and then stored garden tools at the back end and kids bikes at the front Best garden shed we ever had

Replied: 2nd Apr 2014 at 08:01

Posted by: Anne (4011) 

Think our dustbin area had already been knocked out and the lav moved backwards giving the long walk before relief.

Replied: 2nd Apr 2014 at 08:36

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

the petty -that always had a nice ring to it. anybody know its origins

Replied: 2nd Apr 2014 at 20:32

Posted by: mache (inactive)

Petty:- small, insignificant

Did you pee on your shoes?

Replied: 2nd Apr 2014 at 20:41

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

I did have rusty clogs

Replied: 2nd Apr 2014 at 20:44

Posted by: elizabeth (5439) 

reading these stories reminded me of a Gentl;eman who had died doing something with some one and he died , a friend came and between them they re dressed him and took him home and sat him on the outside toilet where he ws found the foll mornin g with his trousers down sat on the toiletenough said !!
This did happen truly maNY YEARS AGO

Replied: 9th Sep 2014 at 16:22

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

I'm shocked

Replied: 9th Sep 2014 at 22:22

Posted by: momac (11783) 

Many moons ago, you got salt or pepper in little cone
shaped pieces of paper from the grocers,which she or he would
then screw the bottom of it and put your salt or pepper in..
well my grandma hung it in the outside loo when it was empty
on the the usual grandad came indoors after going there..he was scratching away and when my grandma asked him
what the matter was..he said"me a**e is on fire..guess which piece of paper must have still had pepper on it.

Replied: 10th Sep 2014 at 16:35

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

Replied: 4th Oct 2014 at 20:13

Posted by: bassman (3591)

At the side of the wc was a space for coal....someone was pinchin it so I put a thread across connected to a pile of milk night I heard them fall and ran out to see someone climbing over the back gate, but he/she wasn't fast enough and got a .177 slug up their arris....That was way back in the mid 60's...

Replied: 3rd Mar 2015 at 23:37

Posted by: brendagrindley (431)

i hated it not missed it.

Replied: 15th Mar 2015 at 16:49

Posted by: PeterP (8820)

Has retep1949 said the very first loo I remember was a board with the hole over a large round tin. Once you had used the loo you then sprinkles some ashes down the hole to cover everything up. I think later this was changed to a round tin with water and disinfectant in it. I was about 8yr old before we moved into a house with a flush toilet(indoors ) oh the lap of luxury

Replied: 19th Mar 2015 at 12:51

Posted by: veteran (1602)

We still had the lavvy with a tin tub underneath a board with a round hole in it till the 50s my mother used to scrub the wood everyday plus cutting the newspaper in squares those were the good old days so people keep saying

Replied: 20th Apr 2015 at 13:53

Posted by: spud1 (inactive)

The 1st house we had after getting married had the outside petty with a hole cut in the wood,and a bucket under it,this was in 1960,and it was there until about 1964,that was on Wigan Rd Bryn,very close to Bryn station,also there was no dustbin,instead there was a midden,which was emptied maybe once a fortnight.

Replied: 12th May 2015 at 00:13

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

You can't beat the good old days can you

Replied: 12th May 2015 at 15:59

Posted by: norman prior (817) 

You can't beat progress

Replied: 14th Jun 2015 at 14:13

Posted by: scoop (3285) 

When we lived in Briar road the toilet was outside but the coal was in a cubby hole off the kitchen. This i could never understand.

Replied: 24th Jul 2015 at 20:54

Posted by: aussie94 (2396)

Not at all . backside stuck to the seat in Winter and wiped with with torn strips of the Wigan Observer/

Replied: 11th Sep 2016 at 12:05

Posted by: Joseph77 (inactive)

My Granddad used to say about indoor toilets and BBQ's "I remember when folk used to sh*t outside and eat inside, progress?"

Replied: 17th Sep 2016 at 12:59

Posted by: MarieM (5563)

We had an outside toilet when I was little and lived in Wallgate. My granddad kept chickens in the back yard and they were really nowty. When we went to the lav we used to have to take a brush to keep them off. Memories.

Replied: 18th Sep 2016 at 18:37

Posted by: lapis lazuli (inactive)

Beware the wrath of Britboy, you damn ressurectionists!

Replied: 25th Sep 2016 at 14:03

Posted by: copperhead (1415) 

A German Doctor invented the lavatory seat.

An English Engineer put a hole in it.

Replied: 30th Sep 2016 at 14:36

Posted by: spud1 (inactive)

The lead water pipe kept the plumber busy,lots of bursts in Winter,even with a candle left burning,I wonder if a modern plumber could repair a lead pipe the same way as was done years ago.

Replied: 30th Sep 2016 at 18:21

Posted by: fletcher (690) 

We had a paraffin lamp in ours in the winter ti stop the pipes from freezing

Replied: 20th Nov 2016 at 19:05

Posted by: PeterP (8820)

On a night like this with minus temperatures you would need a halogen heater in the outside loo if you still had one

Replied: 26th Nov 2016 at 07:01

Posted by: aussie94 (2396)

I can remember as a kidit was so cold in winter that the board stuck to your arse.

Replied: 28th Jan 2017 at 08:00

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

Now we know why you headed to Oz

Replied: 28th Jan 2017 at 19:43

Posted by: bryn156 (193)

Just spotted this thread. Like Spud1, I too lived on Wigan Rd Bryn, but in the 1940s,The toilet had a metal container which was emptied weekly and new container was covered with pink antiseptic powder.The seat a wooden plank with a hole cut into it,also the traditional newspaper squares on a string. The adjoining middin or ashpit was emptied weekly by a dustman who jumped inside and shovelled all the ash & rubbish out on to the back street where his mate then shovelled it back up into the dustcart. Happy days, but not as Health & Safety conscious as today.

Replied: 12th Mar 2017 at 19:29

Posted by: aussie94 (2396)

i-spy When i first arrived in Oz there where still a lot of houses with outside toilets . Dunnies they we re called, , what a challenge that was dodging the snakes ane red back spiders . Not sure which was worse a frosty arse or a bite on the bum

Replied: 14th Mar 2017 at 08:27


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