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Thunder, Flush and Thomas Crapper
Extracts from Adam Hart-Davis's book.
(Buy the book from Micheal O'Mara Books, ISBN 1-85479-250-4, hardback 1-85479-245-8, or in the US, ISBN 1570760810.)
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Abbot of St Albans
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 water-closet.

Acton Court
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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