Today, we take for granted the privilege of having our own bathroom; in pre-Victorian times, bathrooms would have been shared with all of your neighbors and sewage simply thrown outside! It’s now standard to have an indoor bathroom. It's hardly surprising that we wash far more frequently than the Victorians now that we don't have to heat up our bath water on an open coal fire.
There was a large disparity between the bathing habits of the rich and the poor. The curiosity about this difference in lives was typified by the pass time "slumming". Wealthy men would dress up in working class clothes and visit deprived areas. The horror at the conditions they witnessed prove instrumental in building support for the UK's Wash and Wash houses act of 1846. The first step toward our modern sanitation and bathroom habits.
Check out our infographic which covers the changes and developments through pre-Victorian bathrooms, Victorian bathrooms, 20th century bathrooms to today’s bathrooms.
Infographic by: www.ccl-wetrooms.co.uk