Thomas Crapper

_74795910_toilet2Thomas Crapper was baptised 28 September 1836 and continued with the water theme to be a plumber and rounder of the ‘Thomas Crapper & Co’ in London.

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.

_74795914_toilet4For 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 _74798669_toilet3August 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.

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