The English Heritage Podcast

Episode 240 - A history of England in stinking sewage

Nov. 9, 2023

This week, we’re holding our noses to tackle the history of toilets through the ages, from latrines, privies and reredorters to garderobes and even thunderboxes! Joining us to flush out the stories of long drops, dung gatherers and the first public conveniences are senior properties historian Dr Michael Carter and historical archaeologist Dr Ian West. To learn more about toilets through time, go to To find out more about Joseph Bazalgette and the location of his blue plaque, go to Learn more about your ad choices. Visit neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.