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A Victorian Pissoir

Victorian pissoir

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Step back in time to hear Victorian dockworkers spend a penny.


The Great Western Dockyard is filled with the sound of whistling and humming as this soundscape reveals what tunes Victorian dockworkers would have whistled as they popped  to the loo - or Pissoir.

The Pissoir is part of the ss Great Britain Trust’s collection. It is a 130-year old cast-iron latrine, made by James Allen Snr and Son of Glasgow, and was in use well into the twentieth century.