Exiting Bank tube station, you emerge from into the daylight within sight of two of
|The Royal Exchange.|
Did you know that the first public conveniences to charge were sited beneath the Royal Exchange? The fee was one penny - hence the euphemism: "To spend a penny." Use of the urinals was free, but a stall-door was unlocked by a coin-operated locking mechanism designed by magician and illusionist, John Nevil Maskelyne.
|Illusionist John Maskelyne - who designed the coin-activated|
lock on toilet doors.
|Richard Whittington - the 'cat' in the engraving, was first|
drawn as a skull - but because of Dick's popular association with
his cat the artist changed it - hence the slightly odd shape!
|Widget is a big fan of cleanliness - and regularly checks|
standards are being maintained.
"Cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness,"
Which must have been music to