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7 February 2020

Did you know that ... there used to be a shit bucket?

Marcel Kocken
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There is still no toilet in St Rumbold’s Tower. However, around the 1950s you could answer nature’s call there, former city guide Marcel Kocken tells us. “In one of the recesses in the Clock Chamber, where the tower keeper’s workbench is, was an oil drum with two handles and a plank on top with a hole in it.” What happened when the vessel was full? “Two people had to carry the vessel down the steps. But if the person in front missed his footing… he really was in the shit.” Literally!