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Many cottages and farms did not have drains so the toilet was outside in a small wooden shed. Inside there was a wooden seat with a hole in it over a hole in the ground. Every now and then, the pit was cleared out (and probably added to the farm manure heap), or a new pit dug and the shed moved over it. Some sheds may have had pots or buckets that could be emptied easily.

Toilet paper was a real luxury, so old newspaper or leaves were used instead. It is said that someone in Ceredigion during the 1930s was found to be suffering from vitamin C poisoning because they had eaten so many small oranges. These came wrapped in soft paper and had been bought so the paper could be used as toilet paper.