Here are a few images of the sort of toilets that stood on Hull's streets from my own image collection - some long gone and others only just. By their very nature they aren't the sort of things that have been photographed much. Some early photographs were made by the Council when new facilities were erected and some creep into the corner of old Edwardian postcard views - but not many, as they were far too discrete to show such items.
Later brick-built ones survived until very recently, and it was these that Chris Ketchell and I scrambled around in 1996-97 trying to record as the Council began removing them en-masse (from 1995). The Hull Daily Mail reported in January 1995 that toilets in West Hull were to close due to improper behaviour by some users. This resulted in the closure of toilets at Anlaby Park and on the Anlaby Road. Others scheduled for closure and/or demolition in 1994 were the toilets at Garden Village, Ellerburn Avenue and Savoy Road. By March 1997 the list had been extended to include those at Chanterlands Avenue, Fountain Road, Cleveland Street, Clarence Street, Walton Street and Scott Street Bridge. Others, described by the council as the 'least used and most abused' were those at Temple Street, Shannon Road and Bishop Alcock Road.
It was a fun task taking photographs that sunny summer, but we sure got a lot of funny looks creeping around Gents urinals with cameras and clip-boards. I'm glad we did however, as the few captured here may well have been the last images before they disappeared forever. Other locations, which I sadly don't have images of yet (although they may be in the new History Centre) include: -
Alfred Gelder Street (near Drypool Bridge) shown on 1949 O/S
Anlaby Road – north side of level crossing near Cricket Ground
Beverley Road - near the Petrol Station before Greenwood Avenue
Bishop Alcock Road
Boulevard – Chris K used to talk of an underground toilet near the Hessle Road junction?
Charlotte Street Mews north-west on 1889 O/S and south-west end construction noted in 1893 minutes (iron) Survived into the 1960s as a cast iron facility.
Clough Road - adjoining the old Cleansing depot
Craven Street / Newbridge Road - brick built urinal near the steps to the overhead railway bridge, survived into the 1970s (1980s?)
Dansom Lane (Recreation Ground) not on 1889 but on 1908 and 1928
Division Road – south east corner – marked as ‘Latrine’ on 1928 O/S
Earles Road - survived as a cast-iron structure into the 1960s
Garden Village - The Oval - Ian Chubbock recalls a urinal there that he used on his paper round - so late 1970s early 1980s.
Hedon Road opposite Hotham Street beneath railway bridge
Hedon Road north side opposite New Inn not on 1928 but on 1950
Hedon Road south side opposite Craven Street on 1908 and 1928
Hessle Road south side adjoining the Lily Hotel in 1895 minutes
Holderness Road - East Park - large toilet block (1950s?) replaced by a single 'superloo' now removed?
Holderness Road near Hull & Barnsley Railway Bridge (was this Craven Street?) in 1895 minutes
Inglemire Lane - near Marton Grove
Lime Street south-west side on 1928 O/S
Maybury Road brick built urinal - survived into the 1980s (1990s?)
Monument Bridge – mentioned as ‘gone’ in 1875
North Bridge - west side - constructed in 1964
Paragon Station - urinals marked on 1853
Paragon Street ‘Theatre’ toilets mentioned in 1875 – was this a facility on South Street that shows on 1889 O/S?
Pearson Park opposite gates on 1908 but not on 1889
Preston Road - at the side of the dual carriageway I think - near Holderness Drain, me and Chris looked but it had gone in the late 1990s
Ropery Street - in 1876 corporation minutes
Savoy Road - shopping centre / pub
Sculcoates Bridge approach mentioned in 1892 minutes (is this Cleveland Street corner?)
Spring Bank West corner not on 1889 on 1928
Stoneferry Road - near the old green
Sutton - opposite the end of Leads Road
Waterhouse Lane – north east side on 1928 O/S
West Dock Avenue south end 'brick £110 six-stall' 1895 minutes
Once again - please contact me using the contact facility in the menu if you know of any public toilets that survive - and better still make a photo and send it to me. Also if you have any old photographs, or memories of locations please pass them to me too. And thanks to those of you who already have including Bill, Ernie, Mick and Ian