08 Jan '16, 1pm

Listed London Loos

In an age of ever more automated – and expensive – public toilets a few early examples of late Victorian and Edwardian conveniences remain in London. The Regency Place urinal is one of the few ’open air’ pissoirs and much used by cabbies. Now unused and recently sold as storage for the refurbished adjacent £4.4 million house is a Grade II Listed urinal in Star Yard. A n archive photo from Historic England shows the toilet open for use in 1986, with what looks like the remains of a gas lamp bracket mid-way along the back wall. This green rectangle of cast iron with open lattice for ventilation proudly displays the manufacturer’s logo (McDowall Steven & Co – Milton Iron Works). Once common on London’s streets, this example with its attractive panel designs was featured in a episode of Rumpole of the Bailey when the late Leo McKern is seen to enter its portal. Another listed ...

Full article: http://www.cabbieblog.com/listed-london-loos/

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