Toilet Of The Week (32)

With public toilets as rare as hen’s teeth these days, it is gratifying to record that a reconditioned carsey has recently opened its doors to the public. It is situated in Sandown Bay on the Isle of Wight by the rather splendid Victorian fort perched atop of the cliffs, known as Sandown Barrack Battery.

More specifically, and fittingly, it is behind the National Poo Museum, a micro-museum which displays the faeces of animals around the world. The museum is interactive, with the exhibits sealed in resin spheres which can be handled. You do not have to spend a penny to get in, although donations, monetary, of course, are welcome.

The toilet closed in 2011 and was looking rather sorry for itself. It was a challenge that the members of Eccleston George, the moving forces behind the museum, found too difficult to resist. They have lovingly restored it and rather splendid it looks too. Described as the National Poo Museum’s Super-Loo it is now open for business and, according to one grateful visitor, “it’s like stepping into Narnia”.

Next time I am in the area, I will be certain to pay it a visit.

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