Roseland Cottage

Bathing Room

The bathing room adjacent to the first floor chamber was designed with a built-in tub and toilet. It was accessed by a hallway off the dining room and by a door in the chamber. In rural areas, chamber pots were still common, enclosed in a wooden frame. In the 1860s, earth closets came into widespread use. When a lever was pulled, granulated clay from a box covered the contents of a pan underneath. Regularly, servants removed the pan and refreshed the earth. A side door in the Roseland Cottage bathing room provided outside access. The room had space for a washstand and wash set for personal hygiene tasks. Alternatively, the pieces might have been in the chamber. Over the years, the bathing room was modernized and plumbed. It now contains a claw foot tub, flush toilet, and a sink.