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Chapters: A BCDEFGHIJKLMNOPRSTUVWYZ Extracts from Adam Hart-Davis's book.
(Buy the book from Micheal O'Mara Books, ISBN 1-85479-250-4,
or in the US, ISBN 1570760810.)
The Abbey of St Albans was consecrated in AD 1115. The Abbot built
a stone cistern to hold rainwater, which he used to flush his
lavatory; so he may have been the first Englishman to have a
At Iron Acton near Bristol [England], the wonderful
house of Acton Court was built around 1534 by Sir Nicholas
Poyntz apparently especially for a royal visit; Henry VIII took
Anne Boleyn there for the weekend.
The house is now being restored, and one of the major
discoveries was the garderobe---just a crude hole in a cupboard
(which appears to have been widened for the royal visitor)---with
a 22-foot drop down a stone shaft into the moat.
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