History of the toilet

So who invented the toilet? Well…it wasn't Thomas Crapper, a famed Victorian plumber. It was, in fact, Sir John Harrington, a godson of Queen Elizabeth I, in the 1590's. Harrington's "privie in perfection" was a noisy, valved contrivance called Ajax. However, all wasn't coming up roses. At the time of this great invention, there wasn't a sewer to which it could be connected so it simply drained into a cesspool below and the stench outweighed its usefulness. It wasn't until some 300 years later that his invention got connected to a working sewer system. For a fun history of the toilet you can check out this article on www.oldhouseonline.com.