However just to set the record straight Mr Crapper did not invent the flush toilet. He did, however, do much to increase the popularity of the toilet, and developed some important related inventions, such as the ballcock. He was noted for the quality of his products and received several royal warrants.
For over a century, the Victorian urinals underneath one of Cardiff’s busiest shopping streets have been for male eyes only. But now women can take a peak at the men’s toilets at The Hayes – all from the comfort of their phones or tablets.
The underground toilets – the first public conveniences in Cardiff – were officially opened by the Lord Mayor in a ceremony in August 1898, but they were shut by Cardiff Council in 2013, just a few years after they underwent a £148,000 restoration, as part of cost-cutting measures. After protests, they reopened earlier this year for use by customers of the nearby snack bar, Hayes Island Snack Bar.
Whilst nibbling on your cakes and tea you can check out vintage fittings include Thomas Crapper cisterns.