Monday, April 18, 2016

Question from Jan - Bathroom use at court

How and where did people at court go to the bathroom in Tudor England? There were apparently large crowds of people at court with very complicated clothes. What were the sanitation facilities?

1 comment:

Abigail Morrison said...

I recall visiting Bodiam Castle as a child, where of which there was a "toilet" - it was pitiful - that, in a slight, dark stone room, consisted merely of a wooden panel placed atop a fixture of bricks with a hole almost the same size as our toilet seats of the present-day. I assume the wooden panel would've been easily removed, and inside there was most probably a bucket to "cleanly" relieve oneself. Bodiam was a 14th century castle, and this comment is based merely on my assumptions. However, there is a slight possibility that the toilet at Bodiam was installed in later years.