Record Details

NHER Number:26471
Type of record:Building
Name:St Crispin's Convenience

Summary

A ten-sided concrete urinal of about 1882 with a pyramid-shaped two stage roof. It is the oldest of its type in Britain, and possibly Europe. Restored in 2003 after falling into disrepair, it is now, ironically, closed to the public.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2261 0924
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

March 1998. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
Public urinal. 1919 by A.E. Collins, City Engineer. Pre-cast reinforced concrete; glazed roof.
EXTERIOR: decagonal single-storey structure with single entrance to south-west. Each facet consists of 3 concrete panels on a concrete plinth, the panels cast with an embossed repeating floral pattern and painted. Each facet with 2 rectangular ventilation slots under the moulded cornice and above a moulded string course. 2-stage pyramid roof of 10 cast concrete ribs with glazed panels. Ball finial.
INTERIOR: ball finial converts to conical drop pendant on interior. Concrete baffle wall in front of doorway. Concrete floor and waste trough. Concrete urinals arranged in a three-quarter circle and painted with bituminous compound.
HISTORICAL NOTE: this urinal is thought to be the oldest surviving concrete urinal in Britain. In the 1880s several of this type were made for the City of Norwich Corporation and set up in prominent city-centre sites. All have been demolished.
Information from (S1).

Concrete urinal of about 1882.
One of the earliest concrete structures of its type. When constructed this would have stood between St Martins Lane and City Station Bridge. Ten sided structure with roof.
Refused listed status in 1986, since protected by City Council although derelict. Listed (S1) in March 1998 according to reference (S2) in file. Further press cutting (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 20 March 1998.

Restored 2003. Press cutting (S4) in file.

Monument Types

  • PRIVY HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 291.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1119668.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. Loo named a national treasure. 18 March.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2001. Funding still lacking for loo. 1 August.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2003. Fine workmanship, but strange priorities. 21 March.

Related records

MNO10748Related to: Gentlemans Urinal St Crispin's Road NORWICH (Revoked)

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