Gentlemen's Urinal

This is a very ornate cast iron urinal, dating from around the turn of the 19th/20th century. It was removed from the Woodhall Junction Station and brought to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in 1972.

The very thin flat casting of iron is an example of the great skill of engineers of the time. Today it would not be possible to make such thin and flat designs, as the additives used in the casting process are now considered too damaging too the environment.*

Gentlemen's Urinal

Gentlemen's Urinal

*Information taken from a signboard at The Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

16 Comments CherryPie on Jul 11th 2016

16 Responses to “Gentlemen’s Urinal”

  1. lisl says:

    It looks almost like carved wood, Cherie

  2. Amfortas says:

    And there was I discussing in the Tavern some of the essentials of a Gentleman’s Residence, but even when lauding the virtue of having water at hand gave barely a thought to the bogs. !

  3. Ayush says:

    they are certainly packed with a lot of detailed work, CP.

  4. ....peter:) says:

    we gentlemen enjoy fine things too Cherie… that was some craftsmanship and a good presentation… thanks….peter:)

  5. Astrid says:

    WOW…. those men are so lucky…. this is a brilliant object.
    In Amsterdam we have these…
    ‘krul’ is ‘curl’….

  6. Interesting. Much more discreet than today’s modern ones!

  7. Alan says:

    There is something broadly similar on Bewdley station on the Severn Valley Railway. I seem to recall from my schooldays that they were common in France.

  8. HELENA says:

    Very pretty, elaborate- yet must have stunk!!!! :)

    • CherryPie says:

      When they were in use they probably did stink, but luckily (in this instance) I have no sense of smell ;-)

      It is lovely to see you again xx