Spotlight on: Thomas Crapper

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Quintessentially British

British engineered and manufactured, Thomas Crapper have been making quality sanitaryware since 1861. Today they still engineer authentic, period bathroom pieces, which they only provide through a network of carefully selected dealer. Bathroom Warehouse are proud to be one of them.

 

Did Thomas Crapper invent the WC?

Thomas Crapper didn’t actually invent the wc, despite the US using his name to coin a bathroom-related term or two.

He did, however, become known for WC’s after improving their design and creating the first ever ‘bathroom showroom’ to display them. The bathroom showroom included plumbed-in WC’s, so customers could see how the flush worked. This was incredibly shocking and innovative at the time (in the 1870’s).

 

Royal Warrants

Thomas Crapper’s fastidious nature meant he built a reputation for quality, so much so that Crapper & Co. supplied and installed their very finest wares for the Royal family.

 

With four Royal Warrants in total, it’s no surprise Thomas Crapper are still known today for superior quality: they’ve weathered the storm of British manufacturing, to keep on making exceptional, authentic Victorian/Edwardian bathroom pieces.

 

What makes a bathroom great?

We see hundreds, thousands even, of different bathrooms, and we think a traditional, period bathroom brings something special. Lonely planet even agree, in their article about the world’s best bathrooms.

 

The Thomas Crapper beer-pump cistern is rather charming. If you’ve ever used the facilities at the Wykeham Arms in Winchester, you will see one in action. We also love their high-hung cistern, displayed in our showroom.

 

What Thomas Crapper products are there?

We supply these Thomas Crapper products:

  • Beer pump low and high-hung WC’s
  • Basins
  • Showers
  • Accessories
  • Heated towel rails

Take a look at the Thomas Crapper website for more about their brand history and products.