The Invention of Toilets.
The Elizabethan times were full of productivity and new inventions. So much success and the blooming of productivity during this era was now called England's golden age. Newer and newer inventions were being created over the course of this time due to the high success rate, and a few of those inventions still effect us today. The toilet has been in use for as long as we can remember, but when was the toilet really invented, and who came up with this brilliant idea? It was none other then John Harrington, otherwise known as 'saucy Godson' in the court of Elizabeth.
John Harington was born in Kelston, Somerset England, and the son of a poet John Harrington of Kelston and Isabella Marckham. John Harington came to know Elizabeth by his mother, who was a gentlewomen of Elizabeth I's privy chamber. Because of this he was adopted as her 102 godson, and was treated with great niceties, which in turn helped John become successful. Like most inventors John was educated and well informed, he studied at Eton and Kings College, Cambridge. Before Harington was an inventor he was in the Queens army in command of horsemen under Henry Wriothesly, 3rd Earl, and during this he accompanied Essex at the truce in Ireland. A great contribution of Harington was his poetry and frequent letters he wrote to Prince Henry and the Queen Elizabeth; many historical letters which were soon used as a significant source of the Tudor re-conquest of Ireland. Because of John's writings, we have an accurate view of the campaign in Ireland, and how successful it was.
After all this, Harington soon invented Britains first flushing toilet, called the Ajax(a slang word for toilet). The first place where the toilet was installed was in his house – the Kelston manor, which was also fascinating to the queen itself. The slang term “John” for the toilet is actually in reference to John Harington. John soon published his...