Privy (HM1CMR)

Location: Amherstburg, ON N9V 1X8 Essex County
Country: Canada
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N 42° 6.439', W 83° 6.755'

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The foundations in front of you are from a communal privy (toilet) for enlisted men and their families that stood here in 1840. The women and children had a small room - the soldiers made do with an open structure offering no privacy (in contrast to the nearby officers' facility). In 1841 the British relocated the privy to another location, outside the fort's walls. In its place, they constructed a fenced urinal. In 1848, the sanitary facilities were improved, and the urinal was connected to a cesspit and a carefully engineered system of drains.

These illustrations show how the material from the urinal drained into a cess pit (holding chamber), under the palisade, and out to the river, using gravity to move the waste two hundred metres.


Les fondations devant vous sont celles de latrines communes (toilettes) qui se trouvaient ici en 1840; elles ?taient destin?es aux grad et hommes de troupes et leurs familles. Les femmes et les enfants avaient acc ? une petite pi?ce tandis que les soldats devaient se contenter d'une structure ouverte n'offrant aucune intimit? (contrairement aux latrines des officiers, tout pr). En 1841, les Britanniques am?nag?rent les latrines ? un autre endroit, ? l'ext?rieur des murs du fort. ? leur place, ils construirent un urinoire entour? d'une cl?ture. En 1848, on apporta des am?liorations aux installations sanitaires et l'urinoir fut reli? ? un puisard et un reau de drains soigneusement am?nage.

Ces illustrations d?montrent comment les d?jections de l'urinoire ?taient ?vacu?es dans un puisard sous la palissade pour ?tre achemin?es, par gravit?, sur deux cent m?tres jusqu'? la rivi?re.
Placed ByParks Canada
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 9:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 325331 N 4663851
Decimal Degrees42.10731667, -83.11258333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 6.439', W 83° 6.755'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 6' 26.34" N, 83° 6' 45.30" W
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Area Code(s)510, 559, 415, 925, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 105 Laird Ave S, Amherstburg ON N9V 1X8, CA
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