Remains of Communal Latrines

Latrines were communal. The first photograph shows the remains of an "L" shaped urinal, the corner of which would have been positioned against two adjacent walls at right angles to each other. Its automatic flushing system was similar to modern day urinals.

Waste drained away through a brass fitting in the corner of the urinal as shown in the second image.

The bowls had no seats or lids. Seating was by means of two banana shaped pieces of beech fixed to the top of the bowl opening.

The three holes in the ground shown in this photograph are termination points for earthenware sewage pipes, which were connected to lavatory bowls. Privacy between each facility was provided by steel panels that were enamelled for ease of cleaning.

Whereas the officers' cubicles had doors for greater privacy, non commissioned oficers' cubicles and ordinary ranks' cubicles did not. When the camp became a temporary home for Polish refugees, the cubicles with doors were designated female latrines.

Each of the lavatory bowls was in line with the urinal as shown in the last two pictures.