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Phil   Link to this

Toilet, latrine, etc.

vicente   Link to this

House of office: mention'd 25 times in diaries so far on search internal:
here typical rooms within from
URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?com...
6ft by 4 ft area near the stairs
along with buttery and cellars etc..

Cumgranissalis   Link to this

A popular ref. to the privy be jakes, a term used by the betters centuries later.
"...stretching W to a jakes standing there. The viewers say that above the same jakes, the party [sic] ought to have 8 ft. 8 in. E and W and 2 ft. N and S for the fall of his jakes in a vault lying there between the parties as it was at the time of his purchase....."
more for the enquiring mind.
From: 'Misc. MSS Box 91 [C]: 1550-51 (nos 267-316)', London viewers and their certificates, 1508-1558: Certificates of the sworn viewers of the City of London (1989), pp. 104-18. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?com.... Date accessed: 11 August 2005.

cgs   Link to this

lifted from the OED
1652 in Rec. Early Hist. Boston (1877) II. 109 It is ordered that noe house of Office..shall stand within twentie foot of any high way.

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