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Plumbing in Victorian England

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#1 Loves the Written Word

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 07:14 PM

I am writing a middle-grade Christmas mystery set in 1875 London, in a home where the family is fairly well-to-do. Would they have indoor plumbing?

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 02:08 AM

Possibly yes, but only in a dedicated bathroom. Not in multiple sinks and toilets plumbed all over the house (the kitchen might have a water-pump just outside as an alternative source or mayyyybe a scullery tap, for the servants to use). In the bathroom, the bath and sink and toilet would be fairly newly-installed, and considered a bit fancy and modern.


The toilet probably wouldn't look like the ones today i.e. it might be painted in fancy colours with floral designs and would have a cistern mounted high on the wall with a pull-chain. The room used to put the toilet and bath in would also be a lot more like a regular victorian room, with wooden panelling and tea-tables and rugs, rather than something lined in tiles or linoleum as for today.


Sources: https://vivaciousvic...history-lesson/ plus I remember several scenes of Sugar bathing in the new bath from The Crimson Petal and the White, which was set 1875. :)

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