Thomas Crapper & Company Limited. Producers of the world's most authentic period style sanitaryware, period bathrooms, Victorian bathrooms etc..
 

HISTORICAL INFORMATION - THOMAS CRAPPER & CO.
 

 

HISTORICAL NOTE.

Wash-hand Basins / Washbasins / Basins were originally referred to as 'lavatories', from the Latin, 'lavare', meaning 'to wash'. People began euphemistically to say that they were "going to the lavatory" (i.e. to wash their hands) when in truth they intended to visit the W.C.. By the mid-twentieth century, the word had become so synonymous with the Water Closet that since then most people have considered 'lavatory' the correct term!

Hence in our early catalogues, washbasins are found under the subject heading 'Lavatories'.

Even more confusingly, the W.C. is often referred to as a 'Pedestal basin'! However, in America, 'lavatory' is still used for the Wash-hand Basin.

The W.C. is still called a "W.C." although many in the U.S. call it a "Crapper", after our founder!

For a number of other similar, little known facts, see here.

 


The Thomas Crapper Kenon Disconnecting Trap.
ENGRAVING FROM ONE OF OUR 1890's CATALOGUES.

 

Thomas Crapper & Company Limited, The Stable Yard, Alscot Park, Stratford - on - Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 8BL. Great Britain.
Tel: +44(0)1789 450522 Fax: +44(0)1789 450523 e-mail: wc@thomas-crapper.com WWW: stratford.thomas-crapper.com
Company No. 82482. Established 1861. Incorporated 1904.
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