Harold Place Underground Toilets

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A Public Convenience in Harold Place. The original toilets were created circa 1879 when a small terrace called Kentish Buildings was purchased by the Urban Sanitary Authority and demolished. The planned toilets drew letters of complaint from among others, the Directors of the Queens Hotel[1]. The underground toilets featured brass fittings and solid marble splashbacks etcetera. When closed circa 1990, the marble was reclaimed and allegedly re-used as paneling in a sauna which could not be used due to the overpowering smell of ammonia from the panels[2]. The replacement toilets were in the form of a mock Roman building.

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  1. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 09 November 1878 pg. 5
  2. Victoria Murtagh Historical Hastings Facebook