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Workmen finishing the roof of the public toilets on Lemon Bridge at the bottom of Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. The toilets opened in September 1925

Workmen finishing the roof of the public toilets on Lemon Bridge at the bottom of Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. The toilets opened in September 1925


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Filename: TRURI-TRUleb-9.tiff

Size: 7570 x 6363 (48.2MB)

Date: 29th July 2019

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.263195, -5.051041

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Workmen finishing the roof of the public toilets on Lemon Bridge at the bottom of Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. The toilets opened in September 1925

The drainage from the toilets at that time, and for some years after, was straight into the River Kenwyn flowing underneath the building. Advertisements, including one for McDougalls self raising flour, can be seen on the side of 81 Lemon Street to the left of the photograph. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

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TRURI : TRUleb.9

Media ID 19165823

© From the collection of the RIC

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This vintage print captures a significant moment in the history of Truro, Cornwall. The image showcases workmen diligently completing the roof of the public toilets situated on Lemon Bridge at the bottom of Lemon Street. These much-needed conveniences were opened to the public in September 1925, providing essential facilities for locals and visitors alike. Interestingly, this snapshot also sheds light on some intriguing details surrounding the era. It is fascinating to note that during that time, the drainage system from these toilets flowed directly into the River Kenwyn beneath the building—a practice that continued for several years. In addition to its historical significance, this photograph offers glimpses of everyday life in early 20th-century Truro. Advertisements adorn the side of 81 Lemon Street, with one prominently featuring McDougalls self-raising flour—an iconic brand still recognized today. The skilled workers captured here are seen meticulously constructing and perfecting every detail using ladders and construction tools. Their dedication and craftsmanship are evident as they strive to complete this important project for their community. Photographed by Arthur William Jordan, this image serves as a testament to both Truro's development and its commitment to improving city infrastructure over time.

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