We use cookies to help us improve the user experience. By continuing to browse this website you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more about cookies.
 

Medieval toilet seat

Sideways scrolling
Medieval toilet seat

This wooden toilet seat was found during the 1979 excavations in Kirk Close, Perth. It was found resting on a timber frame over a cess pit. Evidence suggests that the structure had been reduced in size and that originally there may have been two seats. Along one edge of the upper surface of is a band of decorative graffiti, most likely cut (with a knife) by a user of the seat to pass away the sitting-time.

Toilet seats such as this were common across a broad time range: some were still being used in outside toilets in the 19th century. Similar medieval examples have been excavated in York, Kings Lynn and Exeter. The Perth example dates to the 13th or 14th century.