These days, the old privies
are used for storing gardening equipment and fishing gear.
3) Actually, this is not quite correct, for 'privy' is the only meaning Wright gives in his note on the word goldhordhus: 'This word is very curious as a name for a privy, in connection with the words gold-finder and gold-farmer, which were used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries for a cleaner-out of privies
These are some of his findings: the house of Edward Hinchliffe in Upper Cumberworth had a doorless privy which was causing odour problems; that it was the habit of Cumberworth residents to leave the contents of their privies
in the highway; and that many people were emptying the contents of their chamber pots into the highway.
Several years ago, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, I experimented with VIPs, Ventilation-Improved Privies.
The outdoor privies at rest stops as well as the Amish outhouses in our area all use 4-inch vent pipes, but located inside the structures.