Who Invented The Toilet – how this simple toilet innovation was made?
Who Invented The Toilet : In the modern world, you could barely find a house, which would not have a toilet in it. Even if the toilet is not exactly in the house, people have created outside toilets, which is quite a common thing in villages all around the world. When you feel the need ‘to go’, where do you usually go? To the toilet, of course. But have you ever thought about who invented this creation, which has become so important in our lives and without which no house would be complete? We use the toilet every day. Although we live in the modern world, where the toilet has become a huge necessity, there are still many parts of the world, which do not have this invention.
Imagine yourself living in prehistoric times when the toilet was not a part of your life. In fact, you can even imagine yourself taking a ride with your bike in the forest and suddenly feeling the urge to use the toilet. This is basically how primitive people were living, ‘doing their business’ anywhere they could. In fact, some historians have proven that the first version of the toilet was used a long time ago.
However, the toilet that we use today is a more recent creation as the toilets used in the mentioned civilization did not resemble the ones that we have today. In 1596, Sir John Harrington became the first person who invented the flush toilet. He created the toilet at his home in Kelston and wrote everything about his invention in the paper called “A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, called the Metamorphosis of Ajax”, which was published in 1596.
The toilet which he invented was called the ajax. It was working in the following way: flush valve let water out of the tank, whereas a wash-down device was designed to empty the bowl. American people often use the word ‘John’ to refer to the toilet and this is a direct reference to the inventor of the toilet. Moreover, Sir John Harrington’s godmother was Queen Elizabeth I and he installed his creation in her palace at that time, as well.
After the Industrial Revolution, the flush toilet became more and more popular. In 1775, another inventor contributed to the development of it. It was Alexander Cumming, who created a toilet feature called the s-trap. This feature is still a part of many toilets, which people use today. It is quite easy to notice it – s-trap makes the bowl do not empty immediately as it makes a path in an ‘s’ shape. However, there is another person, who is also credited with the invention of the flush toilet – Thomas Crapper. He was working as a plumber and held many patents for his toilet improvements in the 1800s.