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St Albans Clock Tower.

In watery December sun. In the 19th Century, the (obfuscated glass) clock face was illuminated from behind by gas light. In the Middle Ages, the ground floor of the tower was let as a shop, and above it was living accomodation for the shopkeeper, and above that accomodation for the clock keeper and his family. Off a spiral staircase inside were two unventilated garderobes over a narrow vertical shaft descending to a cesspit in the basement of the tower. The stench from these garderobes must…

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