We had always hoped to have a compost loo (a strange thing to hanker after I know). Anyway this forever house was definitely going to have one. For two years I have pondered over the best spot to put it in. It is basically for use in the veg plot and field areas, which are a long way from the indoors loo.  So I settled on a site half way down the field at the bottom of the orchard area in the shade.

Now in particular our long held aspirations in this department are inspired by the Dry Earth Closet which was patented by Henry Moule, a friend of Thomas Hardy’s in 1859   – this can be seen in the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester. (I won’t even try to explain our current connection with the Moules and what I think about Thomas Hardy- that would be a rambling not a blog post).

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Dry Earth Closet – Henry Moule’s version

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Dry Earth Closet – the details-taken from Thomas Hardy’s Cottage  

This is a simple system that gets a fresh bucket when required. After at least twelve months the resulting compost will get spread on fruit trees or coppice as a fertilizer.

And so it was, that work began at Tin Bath House on the Compost Privy –

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Work begins – Nigel and second child start digging

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The framework in place

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The finished privy

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The ‘innards’

And then ‘shock and horror’ – our neighbours came round to tell us they are not happy about a compost loo like this near to their field, and please be obliged we are not to use it!!


I asked second child what he thought about this after all his hard work and he said ‘pissed off’. You can say that again!

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