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Filename: aa083874.jpg

Size: 4342 x 4358 (11.3MB)

Date: 19th July 2017

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: images.historicenglandservices.org.uk

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Outdoor privy a083874

King Cross, Halifax, West Yorkshire. An outdoor privy associated with the Victorian back to back houses and underdwellings of Wainhouse Terrace, which formerly stood between the Rochdale and Burnley Roads. Photographed by John Gay 1962-72

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Victorian Toilet


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, captured by John Gay between 1962 and 1972, offers a glimpse into the past of Wainhouse Terrace in Halifax, West Yorkshire. The image portrays an outdoor privy, a common feature of Victorian back-to-back houses and underdwellings that once lined the streets between Rochdale and Burnley Roads. The Victorian era, known for its intricate architectural designs and social reforms, saw the construction of numerous back-to-back houses to accommodate the growing population. These houses were built so closely together that their back walls faced each other, sharing party walls. Due to the lack of indoor plumbing, outdoor privies were a necessary addition to these homes. The outdoor privy in this photograph stands as a testament to the daily life of the people who once lived in Wainhouse Terrace. It is a simple yet poignant reminder of the challenges and realities of life during that era. The worn-out wooden structure, with its rusted metal door and weathered appearance, speaks volumes about the passage of time and the enduring spirit of the community. The photograph also highlights the stark contrast between the past and the present. Today, such outdoor privies are a thing of the past, replaced by modern indoor plumbing and advanced sanitation systems. The image serves as a powerful reminder of the progress we have made and the history that shaped our communities. John Gay's photograph is an invaluable addition to Historic England's collection, offering a unique perspective into the social and architectural history of Halifax and its people. It invites us to reflect on the past and appreciate the advancements that have transformed our lives.

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