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Maison Célières : Lavatories

The privy, known at the time as the “cabinet d’aisance” (literally “cabinet of ease”), is located behind the main house and outbuildings. The privy is timber built, roofed by zinc-coated corrugated steel, and set on a masonry base. The gable front has a decorative trim on both sides. A diamond-shaped aperture was pierced on each side to provide ventilation. The lavatory seat was positioned above a bucket latrine, which was closed by a lid and accessible via a hatch at the rear of the privy. A local waste contractor came twice a week to replace the used buckets with clean ones; used buckets were emptied outside the town. 

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Texts and illustrations: Association Témoignage d’un Passé © 2016