Lost, listed, city centre Victorian urinal hits the news!

Thanks to Brummie blogger (amongst other things) Andy Mabbett a lost city centre urinal has hit the news!

This highly ornate cast iron was listed, so permission to move it in 1987 to build the ICC was only given on condition it was rebuilt elsewhere. At the time this was expected to be the Railway Museum. But now it is unclear whether was even sent there, certainly it was not built.

Old city centre urinal featured in Evening Mail 1997 - thanks to Andy Mabbett for picture
Old city centre urinal featured in Evening Mail 1987 – thanks to Andy Mabbett for picture

You can read more about the story on Andy’s ‘PigsOnTheWing’ blog, as he tries to track down what has happened to it.

The Birmingham Post has taken up the tale, alongside the similar story in the Mail.

Do you know anything about where it went? Andy (and we) would love to know! Please comment on Andy’s blog, here, or to the newspapers, if you have news.

Karen Caine

3 thoughts on “Lost, listed, city centre Victorian urinal hits the news!

  1. Graham

    I’ve seen a few of this dotted around the city centre. Digbeth and the Jewellery quarter have a few remaining examples. At a time when public toilets still appear to be disappearing fast, these beautiful structures are something we should endeavour to preserve.

  2. Margaret Lister

    I’m sure Tim & I have seen it next to the Jewellery Quarter Metro Station. It’s not in use! Good hunting, Margaret

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