Lavatories or garderobes (a curious medieval euphemism which has been revived in more modern times as ‘cloakroom’), where they were constructed at all, were often placed on the upper floors of town houses, so that the hole was conveniently high above the pile of dung. Often garderobes projected from the house over the space between the side wall and that of the neighbouring house, so that the pile grew up neatly, out of the way of the front door but still accessible for clearing out from the street. Andreuccio, in the fifth tale of the second day of the Decameron, is tricked into one of these garderobes in a courtesan’s house, and falls through the floor into the filth underneath:
‘It was in a narrow space, such as we see between two houses on two beams laid from one house to the other, with the place to sit down and a few planks, one of which had fallen down with him…’
Some of the garderobes discharged into a convenient watercourse, causing the kind of problem already mentioned in the case of the Fleet River: the monks of White Friars in Fleet Street complained that the smell from the Fleet River overcame all the frankincense burnt at their altars, and killed many of the brethren. There were public lavatories on London Bridge, among the houses and shops which were such a feature of the old bridge with its many arches, and at least one of these must have been large enough to have two doors; there is an account of an ingenious debtor who escaped his creditors by slipping out of the other door of the garderobe. Other Garderobes actually discharged directly into the streets, and Ebbegate, a lane leading to the river from Thames Street, became virtually impassable because of the number of overhead hazards. In 1300, according to stow, in his Survey of London, Sherborne Lane (near the church of St. Mary Abchurch) became popularly known as Shiteburn Lane.
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