For my ‘culture’ day this week there may be some who will think I’ve lost the plot – but it is actually quite an interesting topic that goes under my working title of the ‘taking the p#ss’ tour, as the subject matter is about Victorian public toilet landmarks that are scattered across London!!!
My exploration has taken me as far a field as Kentish Town, in the north of the metropolis, down to Kennington in the south via the west end, the City’s square mile, and the east end …– to seek out these historical architectural landmarks from a bygone era – some of which are still in use for their original purpose, whilst others have taken on a completely ‘new’ purpose, and others have been left to rot, or are currently up for sale.
In alignment with this particular ‘theme’ were other particularly unusual landmarks, which were introduced to London long before Victorian times. They are ‘deflectors’ which were built into ‘alleys’ and ‘passages’ to prevent people ‘spending a penny’ up the walls on their way home from a night out in the inns and taverns. There are only 2 such examples of these ‘deflectors’ still in existence in the City, and I managed to locate them.
Having completed this particular excursion, there was really only one pub I could go to have my customary ‘cheeky’ beer – “Dirty Dicks” in Bishopsgate !!!