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35 Nightingale Lane, Battersea, Greater London

35 Nightingale Lane, Battersea, Greater London
Photograph taken 01 Dec 1890 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: BL10564

Interior of the drawing room looking towards the fireplace. This house was designed by the well known architect Thomas Colcutt. The street has since been renumbered and this house is number 79 in 2010. The house was lived in by George Jennings. He invented a water closet (toilet) before Thomas Crapper who is normally given the credit for being the inventor. He installed toilets at the Great Exhibition 1n 1851 and the public were charged a penny to use them. This is the origin of the expression to ‘spend a penny’.