The First Public Toilet?: Rose Street, Soho

  title={The First Public Toilet?: Rose Street, Soho},
  author={Barbara Penner},
  journal={Victorian Review},
  pages={26 - 30}
  • B. Penner
  • Published 24 May 2014
  • History
  • Victorian Review
T building was innocuous, a fairly humble one-storey free-standing structure, ten feet wide, on Rose (now Manette) Street, just southeast of Soho Square. It looked as if it were trying to avoid attention—which, to some extent, it was. Yet this modest building was also revolutionary. If not the first, it was certainly one of the first public necessaries in London. The choice of term is significant. Although the term was by no means unknown, people did not yet tend to refer to facilities for…