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Sunday 23 August 2020

The public toilet that will live forever

In English city of Norwich they call it a culturinal icon.

Meet the historic public toilet block - over 100 years old - that is under a protection order and should, theoretically, stand forever.

While many old buildings in the city have been demolished, the 10-sided toilet at the St Crispins roundabout still stands proud - even though it is locked and no longer in use after being bogged down by red tape.

Back in In 1998, the Department of Culture officially declared that Britain’s oldest 10-sided concrete, gents’ lavatory, would be granted Grade II listed status.

This “decagon” is believed to be the oldest of its type in Europe, the Eastern Daily Press reported..

It is one of several constructed in the 1880s and placed on its present site in 1919. The rest were all demolished.

Designed by A E Collins, the city engineer, - the toilet's two-storey roof is fitted with glazed panels and its sides are decorated with a repeating floral pattern.

It was renovated in 2002 and still stands tall as a reminder of the city's history.

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