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Rev. Henry Moule's earth closet, c.1875.

Rev. Henry Moule's earth closet, c.1875.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


An earth closet is a lavatory in which dry earth is used to cover human waste. A handle is pulled to release a little dry earth or peat which spread on top of the excrement to reduce the smell and help it to decay. When the bucket is full the contents were dug into the garden and used as compost.

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