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Amherstburg in Essex County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Privy

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
1. Privy Marker
Inscription.
Privy

The foundations in front of you are from a communal privy (toilet) for enlisted men and their families that stood here in 1840. The women and children had a small room - the soldiers made do with an open structure offering no privacy (in contrast to the nearby officers' facility). In 1841 the British relocated the privy to another location, outside the fort's walls. In its place, they constructed a fenced urinal. In 1848, the sanitary facilities were improved, and the urinal was connected to a cesspit and a carefully engineered system of drains.

These illustrations show how the material from the urinal drained into a cess pit (holding chamber), under the palisade, and out to the river, using gravity to move the waste two hundred metres.


Latrines

Les fondations devant vous sont celles de latrines communes (toilettes) qui se trouvaient ici en 1840; elles étaient destinées aux gradés et hommes de troupes et leurs familles. Les femmes et les enfants avaient accès à une petite pièce tandis que les soldats devaient se contenter d'une structure ouverte n'offrant aucune intimité (contrairement aux latrines des officiers, tout près). En 1841, les Britanniques aménagèrent les latrines à un autre endroit, à l'extérieur des murs du fort.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
2. Privy Marker
Close-up view of the large text section displayed on the historical marker.
À leur place, ils construirent un urinoire entouré d'une clôture. En 1848, on apporta des améliorations aux installations sanitaires et l'urinoir fut relié à un puisard et un réseau de drains soigneusement aménage.

Ces illustrations démontrent comment les déjections de l'urinoire étaient évacuées dans un puisard sous la palissade pour être acheminées, par gravité, sur deux cent mètres jusqu'à la rivière.
 
Erected by Parks Canada.
 
Location. 42° 6.439′ N, 83° 6.755′ W. Marker is in Amherstburg, Ontario, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from Laird Avenue South just south of Elm Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This historical marker is located inside, the recreated Fort Malden, along the fort's walking tour route, behind the northeast corner of the brick barracks. Marker is in this post office area: Amherstburg, Ontario N9V 1X5, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Amherstburg (Fort Malden) (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Malden Points of Interest (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Tecumseh Stone" (within shouting distance of this marker); Major John Richardson
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
3. Privy Marker
Close-up view of the small text section displayed on the historical marker.
(about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Brick Officers’ Guard Room (about 90 meters away); Pensioner's Cottage (about 120 meters away); Detroit River Heritage (about 120 meters away); Shoreline Breakwall (about 120 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Amherstburg.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
4. Privy Marker
A close-up view of the top picture displayed on the historical marker, a map of the fort, showing the fort's sanitary drainage system.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
5. Privy Marker
A close-up view of the bottom picture displayed on the historical marker, showing a cross section view of the fort's sanitary drainage system.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
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View of the historical marker in the foreground, with a view of the site of the privy in the immediate background.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
7. Privy Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground, with a view of the site of the privy in the immediate left background, and the back of the brick barrack in the right background..
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
8. Privy Marker
View of the historical marker looking northeast, with a view of Laird Avenue South in the distant background.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
9. Privy Marker
View of the historical marker, looking north, with a view of a canon sitting in what was left of the northeast bastion in the distant background.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
10. Privy Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground, with a view of the site of the privy in the immediate left background,
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
11. Privy Marker
View of the brick barracks, with the privy being out of view, behind the back left corner of the building.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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