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Thomas Crappers Bottom Slapper Toilet And Other Strange Tales In Historic London

Public domain images  Pure Finders

Public domain images Pure Finders

Victorian Poor Street Children.

Public Domain Children who worked on the Streets Collecting Horse and Dog Manure.

Public Domain Children who worked on the Streets Collecting Horse and Dog Manure.

On How They Made A Living Selling Dog Poo!

Poverty in the 19th century was so rife it made the poorest people turn to the most bizarre and sometimes rather whiffy occupations. Some jobs were rather unpleasant but not too bad, such as catching and selling live birds for the high society to show off to their friends as curiosities.

Then of course there were what was called the Mudlarks who scoured the banks of the river Thames to find anything that had been washed up on the shore so they could sell it for a pretty penny, such as bottles and and nails.

But the strangest of all was the 'pure finder'. This was a job that was only ever found in London England, and in fact had never been heard of anywhere else.

A pure finder spent his days searching for dog poo!

Strange? Yes. Bizarre? Maybe. But there was a method in this madness. The pure finder was a person who scoops up the dog poo and sold it to leather tanners.

Tanners used all sorts of poo and urine to 'cure' the leather and make it soft. But the pure finder had a more specialized market. He would sell the poo to bookmakers who's job it was to bind the books with leather.

It was quite a lucrative business. In fact they earned around ten old penny's for each bucket they took to the tanner. From the tanner's point of view it was perfect for 'puring' the leather in a way that it has astringent properties as well as alkaline.

This will cause the leather to dry out sufficiently so as not to leave the leather too soft or soggy to use. When the leather dried out, the poo would fall off and leave a not unpleasant smell!

Sadly many of these collectors were orphaned children.

Photo Taken From The 100 Year Exhibition. Bumper Harris The One Legged Escalator Tester Bumper Harris. 100 year Exhibition. The One Legged Escalator Tester Bumper Harris. 100 year Exhibition.

How The First Escalator Worked.

The One Legged Escalator Tester.

London has the oldest underground railway network in the world. In fact most of it hasn't changed much over the years as the original builders made such a good solid job of it.

But back then the builders had to come up with a way for the ladies and gentlemen to reach the trains in a way that would leave them refreshed and ready for a day out.

They didn't like the idea of everyone having to huff and puff their way up all those flights of stairs. So, in 1910 at Earl's Court Station Piccadilly, the first railway escalator was made.

And the passengers were absolutely terrified of it!

The makers were completely stumped and horrified to think that after all their work and large sums of money spent, people were not actually using it for fear of falling or getting themselves caught in the mechanism!

Until one bright spark came up with an idea.

Why get someone to travel on it day after day to show the public that it was safe to use?

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But they got to thinking. What can we do to not only show how safe it is, but prove that anybody can use it, from the youngest child to the oldest woman.

Then, all of a sudden it came to them. Bumper Harris.

Bumper Harris was special in one unique way. He had a wooden leg! Bumper was employed for a number of years until one day the railway realised that they no longer needed him. Nobody knows what happened to Bumper, maybe he just legged it?!

Life Like? Yes It Certainly Is!

Jeremy Betham

Jeremy Betham

Jeremy Bentham's face had to be built up with wax.  His face was decomposed too badly to be put on show so they used his head but built it up with wax on top. His face was decomposed too badly to be put on show so they used his head but built it up with wax on top.

Get Stuffed! So He Did!

In the University of London, now known only as the University College London, there is rather a strange statue.

Visitors to the building are always directed to take a look at the strange anomaly that resides in the South Cloister. There is a closet, and inside is a life size statue of a man with the name of Jeremy Bentham. He is sitting comfortably, holding a stick and dressed in 19th Century clothes.

But if you take a little look closer you will see that actually this is not a statue. This is a real man!

The actual preserved remains of the man was Bentham's last joke to the world.

So, who is Jeremy Bentham?

The Philosopher Jeremy Bentham, was one of the great social and political thinkers of the late 18th and early 19th century.

He was famous for writing and publishing works on animal welfare, the ways of the world and the Colonies and strangely enough the evils of swearing! Yes he was rather an eccentric man!

More importantly he was a great advocate for the tolerance of religion. He didn't believe in the old quaint ideas of religion being either good or evil according to whoever preached it within his time.

When he died he left all his works to the University, but as a last standing joke to all the stiff shirts as he called them he decided to leave them one more thing to remember him by!

His stuffed body is still sitting in that cabinet today where many visitors and University students can see it if they wish, and maybe sit and chat for a while!

Thomas Crapper Toilet. It Doesn't Say If This Is The Bottom Slapper!


Thomas Crapper

Public Domain Images.

Public Domain Images.

Mr Thomas Crapper's Bottom Slapper Toilet.

I think everybody is aware of the fact that Mr. Thomas Crapper was the inventor of the flushing toilet, and not in fact the man who made the original modern style shape of the toilet. But not many people know him for his ingenious engineering skills.

Thomas's history is really fascinating. At 14 years of age, he walked to London as a totally penniless child and soon became apprenticed to a plumber in Chelsea. In 1850 this was very lucky as back then many children lived on the streets because their parents were so poor they couldn't look after them.

On the subject of toilets, Crapper was a genius. Before he invented his famous 'flush' toilet, London toilets had a simple tap that had to be turned. Trouble was so many people forgot to turn the taps off that the loo's got flooded!

He was so pleased with his flush toilet system that he invited many bemused people to check out the system by flushing away apples and potatoes down the toilet! This became a great Saturday afternoon day out.

But I digress.....

Thomas was so enamored by his own genius that one day he invented a toilet that used a system of complicated pistons that attached to the toilet seat. He hoped that this would make it flush automatically. But it didn't work. In fact it had rather a strange side effect!

The idea was that the toilet seat would rise up after the recipient stood up. To start with it worked, but after a few months the seat would begin to stick and then......!

The seat would fly up with such a wallop that it would slap the person on the butt! This invention became known as the bottom slapper! And was soon discontinued. It's not known if people actually spirited away the bottom slapper for their own amusement......!

Queen Elizabeth I Old Age.

Official Portrait Of Old Queen Bess. How Elizabeth 1 looked in old age. How Elizabeth 1 looked in old age.

The Titillating Tale Of The Queens Um, Parts!

Queen Elizabeth the First of England was known as the Virgin Queen. Whether this is actually true or not nobody ever really knows. But she became the most loved, feared, and revered Monarch for centuries.

Not a lot is really known about how she lived. Obviously we know the history behind how she became Queen, and how she had to overcome the fear and bias of other Monarchs and the Church who wanted the country to be brought back to Catholicism.

But there is one strange little story that is documented.

The Queen who had been constantly told how beautiful, marvelous and how eternally youthful she looked obviously believe it fully herself.

One day, when Elizabeth was in her 60th years, she had definitely lost all of her looks. Her cheeks were sunken, her teeth, whatever there was left of them, were broken, and she was as wrinkly as a prune.

On this particular day, the French Ambassador Andre Hurault Sieur De Maisse met the Queen for the first time. It had taken him over a year to fix a date to meet her and he was intrigued and excited to meet the most famous Queen.

Shockingly it didn't go quite as expected!

De Maisse was led along a rather dark corridor to meet the Queen in her audience chamber. On entering, he saw her sitting alone on a low stool. There were others in the room but they were a distance away.

The story goes that De Maisse kissed her robe, and she embraced him. She went on to say that she was sorry she couldn't have seen him sooner.

He noticed that she was wearing a dress in silver cloth, with sleeves lined with red taffeta material.

On her head she wore a great red wig with a garland of flowers. Along with gold and silver she had a headdress with pearls hanging down over her forehead.

The shocking thing was that she was also rather, er, naked from the waist up! In fact it was the dress that was opened to allow 'free rein' or should I say ' free reign'! She carried on talking to him while at the same time adjusting her rather large, er, well chest!

Being the gentleman that he was, De Maisse goes on to say:

She was rather wrinkled, but farther down her skin was white and delicate! Er Hum! (cough)!

The Queen presumed that all the stories were true. She was lovely, beautiful and forever young.

Either that or she had lost the plot and couldn't find the kitchen!

Sources London's Strangest Tales and other sources.

(c) copyright nell rose.

More Strange Tales From Historic London.


Nell Rose (author) from England on August 14, 2014:

lol! Hi Savvy, aw thanks so much! I love writing about weird stuff, it shows just how people lived back then, and how strange was that? we are a funny lot we humans! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

savvydating on August 14, 2014:

Whaaat? Lol. These stories are fabulous, well, except for the sad ones about the poor children---those are very interesting in a different way. I loved the story about the slapper toilet and Queen Elizabeth I. Imagine exposing one's chest like that? How utterly odd. She was something, that gal. I have to say, Nell, there are a handful of hubbers whose work I always enjoy...and I tend to stick with them alone. You are one of them. Your stories never fail to amuse and educate. Nell Rose, you're such a cool lady!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 30, 2014:

Thats terrible! I hate elevators too, I won't go in one on my own! take care and have a lovely evening, nell

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on July 30, 2014:

Yh you always feel like you're gonna tumble from the top to the bottom on those things. I have a serious fear for elevators i rather climb the stairs i cannot take anything too clustered as such i always feel the ele will breakdown and i will suffocate and die. It happened few times on work where ppl was trapped for over 30 mins .

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 30, 2014:

lol! yes those escalators get me too! as for the poop pick up guy, well less said the better! pity he didn't use the flush toilet! Haha! thanks for the laugh! nell

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on July 30, 2014:

WAW! Some crazy interesting facts here, i am afraid of escalators and elevators and no way was i ever getting on that death trap they invented back then. What's that really? looks like you can only place one leg on that narrow escalator and woe be unto you if your FAT.

The poop pick up guy that is just nasty and whose hands were that poop going into to paste unto the leather etc. Thank God i do not have any books from that time either, Golly! How did they endured that shitty scent? just GROSS!!

Well thanks to the inventor of the flush toilet Mr Thomas Crapper's as for the queen the picture you have up of her i am yet to locate the beau in the beauty lol. NO WAY maybe when she was five years old.

Thanks for sharing Crazaw

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 23, 2014:

Hi John, lol! my granddad used to do that too, the poo I mean! they always said follow that thar 'orse it will make great manure it be! Haha! true story! thanks for reading, nell

John MacNab from the banks of the St. Lawrence on January 23, 2014:

Fascinating tales, Nell - apart from Bumper Harris legging it - groan. As for the dogs' poo. When I was a kid - that was last century, not the 1800's - I used to follow the delivery man's horse and cart for the horse's poop. It was great manure for the garden.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 26, 2013:

Hi DreamerMeg, lol! I will have to go look it up, thanks! glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 26, 2013:

Thanks mary, no we have the council drains, so they come and clean them if necessary, and yes those automatic toilets! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on October 26, 2013:

Great hub, very funny and interesting. I don't know if you have read any of Terry Pratchett's books but he has one book on the world of poo, which includes the use of dog poo and other sorts of poo too. It also is a very funny book, that you might want to include?

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 25, 2013:

Strange I would read this tonight! I just had to have my septic tank pumped out today (do you have these where you live). I couldn't help but think what a terrible job this poor guy has.

Your mention of the toilet slapper reminds me of those automatic toilet flushers some of our public toilets have. Ready or not, they flush.

I really enjoyed reading this one, Nell Rose!

Voted UP and shared.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 25, 2013:

lol! Thanks Glimmer, me neither! thanks for reading, nell

Claudia Porter on October 25, 2013:

I love these sorts of tales. Fascinating and I'm glad I don't have to scoop dog poop for a living.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 21, 2013:

Hi Lizzy, lol! Ew too! yes things were slightly different back then! Haha! and thank the lord for that! thanks as always, nell

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on October 21, 2013:

Most interesting, indeed. And a couple of hilarious stories as well.. I can imagine the shock of the 'bottom slapper,' as well as that of M. De Maisse.

Not sure I'd care to meet up with the 'real stuffed shirt,' though..that is really creepy!

I've read before about the odorous process of leather tanners...and the jars in the streets of ancient Rome for passersby to..uh..."contribute liquid deposits" to aid in the curing... ewwwww....(I do hope they do it differently nowadays)... ;-)

Voted up, interesting and funny...because in some ways, it truly is funny...

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 21, 2013:

Hi teaches, lol! yes that toilet slapping butts! how funny! glad to live now, instead of then! thanks for reading, nell

Dianna Mendez on October 21, 2013:

I am still chuckling at the toilet slapping butts. Thanks for the education on this and the other trivia, which I would not suggest as a career.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2013:

Hi Jodah, Aw thanks so much! I would love to have been a history teacher, I would have taken props into the class and acted out all the history! lol! thanks, nell

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 18, 2013:

Nell, another enthralling hub. Fascinating true tales that tickle the funny bone as well as educate. You should have been a history teacher, you're class would be the most popular by far.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 17, 2013:

Hi Thelma, thanks so much for reading, and have a great weekend! nell

Thelma Alberts from Germany on October 17, 2013:

Thank you Nell for those funny historical things that happened before in London. I enjoyed reading it. Well done! Have a lovely rest of the week!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 13, 2013:

Hi Alastar, nice to see you, so true about the street children, and so sad too, I also think the bottom slapper should come back! lol! thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 13, 2013:

Hi Martie, I am not sure to be honest, I always thought that it was the same everywhere, I would imagine that you are right because whenever we see a film set in America they always mention the word college but I have yet to hear them say University, nell

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on October 13, 2013:

Nell, this was a fine treat, in some ways, in others a bit disturbing. For example: when I compared the Victorian street children who had obviously been all but abandoned to the street, with photos of the poorest and hungry Appalachian Mts. photos of our pre FDR Great Depression, well, as bad as they were there was still some semblance of pride I guess. Many decades separated the two, true, but still. Guess when there is nearly nothing rural trumps the big city streets may be the point.

Our adverts today need more Bumper Harris's to demo the products we're overwhelmed with, eh nell. Aw I could on with every one of these great ones so will just finish with a demand that the bottom slapper makes a comeback! You rock Lady Nell!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 13, 2013:

Thanks, Nell - same down here. But I believe it is different in America? Their colleges are like our universities. Or am I wrong?

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2013:

Hi Genna, yes Elizabeth was really vain, and yet it seems that sometimes her vanity got her into trouble! lol! thanks so much for reading, and great to see you, nell

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on October 12, 2013:

Nell, you create the most interesting and fun hubs! :-)

Elizabeth I is one of my favorite characters in history. She had a fondness for sweets, which caused her to lose her teeth due to the lack of modern dentistry and knowledge of proper dental hygiene. She used to insert cloth inside the side of her cheeks to alleviate the sunken look. She was vain. Although she dressed down when out of public view, it was rumored that her formal dresses were so bejeweled, they could stand on their own. She had beautiful skin that was ruined by a case of smallpox. She would cover the scars on her face by wearing that white-tinted makeup that unfortunately consisted of lead. Love this hub, Nell. Voted up ++. :-)

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 08, 2013:

Hi Wiccan, lol! thanks for reading, nell

Mackenzie Sage Wright on October 08, 2013:

You make more more and more happy I was born in the 20th century. Love these funny hubs.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 04, 2013:

Yes that's a real man! lol! glad you liked it and thanks Crystal.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 03, 2013:

Where do you find all this info? Wow - speechless! That's not really a real man is it? I hope not. Creepout! Nice job. Voting up and awesome and sharing!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 03, 2013:

Thank you so much ChitrangadaSharan, glad you liked it, and always great to see you! nell

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 03, 2013:

Another very interesting and informative hub from you! Came to know some interesting historical facts about England.

Thank you so much!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 01, 2013:

Hi Deb, thanks so much for reading, I love it too, it just makes me laugh to see how we all got the inventions but in such strange ways! lol!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on October 01, 2013:

I love this wonderful trivia. Do tell some more.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 01, 2013:

Hi lyric, lol! yes you have to doo what you have to doo! haha! thanks so much, and have a great day, nell

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on October 01, 2013:

Nell, always enjoy your writings on the history of England. Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, interesting, and shared on Facebook. Well, you have to "doo" what you have to "doo," right? LOL They received more then what I thought they would for a bucket. I imagine the escalator was a little timid at that time. Very interesting facts as always Nell, such a joy learning about history. Best wishes always Nell, take care.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 29, 2013:

Thanks rosemay, lol! yes I laughed when I went to the loo after writing it! and who knew about Queen Lizzy? daring lady! thanks so much for reading, nell

drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 29, 2013:

Thank you, Nell, for all these hysterical historical tidbits. I knew of Thomas Crapper but your other intriguing tales were new to me. Wonderful conversation pieces, m'dear. And voted up, of course.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on September 29, 2013:

I just had to come and read this after seeing that title. This is a hilarious article. The only sad thing is that photo of those poor children.

I have visions f the bottom slapper, Lol If I burst out laughing the next time I go to the loo my partner is going to think I'm crazy. And Queen Elizabeth 1st well that poor French Ambassador must have been so shocked especially when she embraced him. Lol. Can you imagine what the tabloids would say today. Haha.

Hitting all the buttons for these gems

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 28, 2013:

Hi Alicia, great to see you! and thanks so much for liking it, nell

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 28, 2013:

This is such an interesting and amusing hub, Nell! It's amazing to read about what some people did in the past. Thanks for sharing the information and for the great entertainment.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 28, 2013:

Hi anne, lol! thanks so much, and glad you enjoyed it, have a great weekend!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 28, 2013:

Hi Martie, a college usually is somewhere people go to learn an apprenticeship day release from work or just learning what they want to do afterwards, but University tends to be similar in a job way, but more for the sciences etc, thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 28, 2013:

Hi grandmapearl, lol! yes that bottom slapper! Aw thanks so much, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 28, 2013:

Hi Michele, yes they use it on the allotment next to my house, and can i tell it! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on September 28, 2013:

Hi Nell,

I woke up early today. Love this one. I have two dogs. Guess, I can't sell their poo today. But, in this day and age people buy horse poo. Farmers use horse poo to fertilize crops. You can google it, to find how much. It is even advertised on craigslist in the spring. Well, sometimes.

Fantastic hub.

Voted up.

Anne from United Kingdom on September 28, 2013:

Hi Nell.

Reading this has just given me a great and smile filled start to the day. The title on it´s own was enough to get me grinning and most of the rest had me laughing out loud.

Keep em coming Nell, your weird and wonderful hubs are the best :)

Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 27, 2013:

Gathering and using that dog poo must have been a stinky business!

Talking about orphans? Looking at all the homeless people we see today, it doesn’t look as if things have changed, does it? What was, is and will be....

I find underground railway networks quite scary. Why underground? What if... so many things can go wrong down there.

I all of a sudden remembered the time when there was always a Bumper Harris inside an elevator, working the buttons. So they were actually there to reduce fear! I absolutely HATE using an elevator all by myself. I rather use the stairs. Escalators, too, give me the creeps. Here was a very bad accident a couple of years ago – a child got himself into those mechanisms underneath... !

Oh, geeezzz, a stuffed human body! How creepy!

Women being naked from the waist up, with a chest embellished with beads, was until recently still tradition among all black races down here. Women’s breasts had no sexual attraction until the whites came with a completely different perspective on a woman’s body. In the black cultures women’s buttocks, hips and especially the ‘triangle’ between buttocks and middle, WERE the activators of male’s crocodile minds. So, why the different perspectives, I wonder.

What exactly is the difference in your country between a university and a college?

Very interesting hub, Nell, voted up to the stars.

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on September 27, 2013:

Wow, Nell, I knew things were tough in London back then, but this definitely puts a whole new spin on things! I thought the human toilet was something else, but that bottom slapper must have been a real trip!

Only you could do this subject proper justice, my friend ;)

Voted Up & FUNNY

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Hi MsDora, thanks so much and I am glad you liked them, nell

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 27, 2013:

Just couldn't pass up this topic. Was not disappointed. thank you for all these funny stories. They introduce new perspectives about the way we thought life was. Thank you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Hi alan, lol! thanks! I just love all these stories, it makes me proud to be English!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Hi bravewarrior, glad you liked it, and thank you so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Thanks Kathryn, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Hi tobusiness, I would never knock Britain especially England, this shows just how genius they are. Even though England is a tiny country we have virtually invented everything we use today, and our scientists which include Newton are the best in the world, I am proud to be English, sorry if it came out that way. I was watching Brian Cox on tv and he said that everything we in England have done over the centuries is literally the best, and the first, from gravity, prisms, trains, penicillin, internet, the discovery of the atom and so on, we are the best! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on September 27, 2013:

Here I am propping up a column of comments on another popular Hub. Hello Nell, nice niche you've got in - relatively - unknown facts.

'Not a lot of people know that!' Remind you of somebody? This could be the Maurice Micklewhite Corner of Hub-pages, where readers kick themselves for not thinking of it... This is where you stand triumphant, a little Union flag in your hand with a placard, 'I got there first!'

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Nell, you've outdone yourself! The history you provide here is interesting, bizarre and hilarious. I look forward to more!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on September 27, 2013:

What a great idea for a hub! These were amusing stories. Thanks for sharing them with us, and have a great day!

~ Kathryn

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on September 27, 2013:

Nell, you've done it again, wonderful tales! However, British eccentricity has led to some remarkable innovations and inventions, so don't knock it too much. :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Hi suzette, lol! same here with the doggy doo poop scoopers! lol! I laugh at the people who are out there following their dogs with a bag in their hands! glad you liked it, and thanks!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on September 27, 2013:

Hilarious, Nell. You are keeping us entertained by these true and unusual stories. The Queen Elizabeth one is a hoot. I hope she didn't catch cold from the draft. LOL. And the Thomas Crapper story is as good as our John one. Well, we have pooper scoopers over here in America today for our doggies. Not allowed to leave dog 'doo doo' in someones' yard. LOL

Voted up and shared! This is too funny.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Hi Kimmie, yes that's so true he would wouldn't he? and yes dear old mr crapper! lol! and yes the Queen, who would have thought it? Haha! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Hey Cynthia, how fascinating! amazing how you worked there! did you stop of for a chat with him occasionally? lol! that would have creeped me out too with him at my back! thanks as always, and great to see you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Hi billy, yes it sounds so funny 150 years on, but it must have been horrific, we don't realise just how lucky we are, thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Hi Jackie, lol! you must have felt as though it was a waterfall and you were gonna fall in! haha! love your funny stories Jackie, thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Hiya Ruby, lol! couldn't resist it! thank you! I just love writing this stuff, it makes me laugh all the time I am reading and researching, its just the way we brits did things that turned out great but talk about a strange way of going about it in the first place! These guys were geniuses but oh so darn funny!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 27, 2013:

Aw thank you so much Flourish that's a great compliment, thanks! I just love my funny weird and downright bizarre geniuses from the past who did the strangest things but produced the best and first in the world, even if they did go about it in an whatnot face way! lol! thanks!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 27, 2013:

Most interesting and such lovely photos. Informative and another brilliantly presented hub from so worth a read.

Kimmie Thompson on September 27, 2013:

Wow Nell this was so interesting...I was thinking about the poo and now a poop scooper would be called a naturalist, environmentalist or some other term, using it for compost or something or another. Mr. Crapper was indeed a genius, just think where we would be...full of then the poor goodness I don't know what to say about that.

Thank you for a wonderful hub,


CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on September 27, 2013:

Hey Nell, interesting hub. I used to work as a banqueting waitress at UCL and it was a bit creepy walking down the cloister alone in the evening pushing your trolley and seeing old Jeremy at the end in his box. Luckily they lock the box at certain time each night, so he wasn't watching your back for the return journey!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 26, 2013:

Hilarious! That first job, of poo collector, has to rank as one of the worst in recorded history, and that picture of the two children was heartbreaking. I'd say this article has it all. :)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 26, 2013:

Ho ho ho, such funny stuff! It reminds me of my dad's parent's bathroom. It flushed the whole time you sat on it and that was OK for grown ups but as a tiny kid you know you kinda hold yourself from falling in with legs gripping the front and that put me in the position to receive a good spraying every time on the whole bottom! I started staying with a cousin up the street after a few trips in that bathroom! I guess the water was free.

^ Interesting & funny.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 26, 2013:

Se just legged off! I am lol..I love everything you write. You have a wit that sends me yelling for more, plus, we get all the gossip from England, and i love it..Cheers my friend...

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 26, 2013:

Fantastic hub! I hung on every word. I love your inspiration and storytelling. Who needs tv when you have history like this? Voted up and more, plus sharing.

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