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Whistling in the Victorian pissoir

Pissoir in the dockyard


Eavesdrop on dockworkers whistling and muttering as they ‘spend a penny’ in this lively addition to the Great Western Dockyard.

Having stood in the dockyard since at least the early 20th century, our beautifully restored Victorian pissoir has been furnished with a cheeky soundscape that promises a family friendly brand of toilet humour. The soundscape, triggered when visitors pass a sensor, provides some light relief.

It also draws attention to the craftsmanship of the 130 year old pissoir; one of just two made by James Allen Snr & Son of Glasgow remaining in the world.

The other is situated beneath Sydney Bridge in Australia.

It is tribute to a time when even functional public fixtures were designed with pride and flair, not just bog standard pragmatism.