Can I use the garderobe please?

If you’ve ever been caught short you’ll be very glad of some public loos or a shop with some in. This was not an option for the Medieval person. The nearest tree, river or hole in the ground would have to do. Public health and personal hygiene was not high on the agenda for the Medieval citizen as they were quite busy trying to pay their taxes to the local Lord, work twelve hours a day for the local Lord, attend church (giving thanks to God for the local Lord) and also work on their own small strip of land so that they didn’t starve.

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One place did have a sort of toilet. If you look at a Castle you might see a small stone building jutting out of the side of the wall. At first you might think that it is some kind of fortification for archers. It isn’t. It is actually a medieval toilet known as a Garderobe. For the medieval times it was the height of technology and sophistication. Indoor plumbing made them redundant but if they had got blocked then like the people with Blocked Drains Bromley way they could always call

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They were usually built as an extension to a private room or privy. Only the most important and respected members of the castle got one.  They were basically a wardrobe that was also a toilet. A wood or stone seat was situated over a hole and the person would complete their business. This would drop down into a cesspool or the moat.

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