Amherstburg in Essex County, Ontario — Central Canada
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.
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.
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amherstburg.
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 389 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on January 12, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.