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Re: Lavatorium (or Rest Room if you wish)

"Rest room". I've never understood why anyone would want to go into a toilet for a rest There is also a race that call toilets "bathrooms"

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"Rest room". I've never understood why anyone would want to go into a toilet for a rest There is also a race that call toilets "bathrooms"

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I don't know if rest is appropriate as it can be a bit of a strain at times but bathroom, thats just bizarre in a restaurant.
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Re: Lavatorium (or Rest Room if you wish)

and on planes the rooms are called lavatories - so full circle
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and on planes the rooms are called lavatories - so full circle
Lavatories are traditionally known as 'Heads' on boats. The name derives from sailing ships in which the toilet area for the regular sailors was placed at the head or bow of the ship.
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Bog is very descriptive and saves on letters
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Re: Lavatorium (or Rest Room if you wish)

Heads derives from the 'Head Post' in the Bow of sailing ships. It's a lateral beam poking out either side near the Prow. Lower deck lads had to sit out on this post, (Port or Starboard depending on the ships Tack), and do their business. As sailing ships of that era always ran with the wind, such a position ensured any 'deposits' were blown away from any unfortunates hanging over the lee side for a puke.
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Lower deck lads had to sit out on this post, (Port or Starboard depending on the ships Tack), and do their business. As sailing ships of that era always ran with the wind, such a position ensured any 'deposits' were blown away from any unfortunates hanging over the lee side for a puke.
Well, I'm sure it avoided the need for any Andrex.

You are correct that the term 'Heads' derives from the 'head' or 'bow' of the ship. However, the Head Post that you refer to is probably better defined as the vertical post that rises from the Stem, above the bulwarks, or the Bowsprit, which is a spar extending forward from the vessel's prow, and on some ships was elaborately decorated. These would not have been suitable for use as lavatories in anything but the calmest of seas.

You may be thinking of the 'Athwart Spar' which is a transverse spar, often close to the waterline, used to attach rigging.

I suspect the Heads concept went through several design evolutions, starting with clinging to open spars, and then progressing to open bottom boxes set within the Foredeck.

As for the unfortunates feeding the fishes, they would have very quickly learnt the first rule of seamanship: in other words, never, ever try to project any kind of bodily fluid into the wind.
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Run jointly by the NT and English Heritage so either membership card will get you in for free . Well worth a full day's visit especially if you wander around the gardens of Studley Royal as well.

As well as the differential focus I like the warm colours of this shot Steve, were you there around sunset or is it a sepia treatment?
Apologies for the delay in responding, but only noticed the question, Otto.
Yes, as you suspected, it was taken about 6 pm. The inner shaded stonework, with the signage, was decidedly shaded and cool in terms of lighting, contrasted against the golden light illuminating the more open space deliberately blurred by my choice of aperture. Of course being a rangefinder, one has to guess (or use some judgement based on previous experience) to obtain the desired differential. Later in post I added some clarity, a touch of contrast and a slight bit of straitening.
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Initially I thought "sunset" but then I thought a bit more and wondered whether it was a sepia treatment. The result is certainly effective anyway!
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Re: Lavatorium (or Rest Room if you wish)

I suspect the Heads concept went through several design evolutions, starting with clinging to open spars, and then progressing to open bottom boxes set within the Foredeck

Nigel - Who knows, but certainly it was a ****** position to be in
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