Spotlight on: THOMAS CRAPPER
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).
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
Heated towel rails.
– REGENT FURNITURE –
Regent basin unit made from solid and veneered oak, available in 5 colours shown here in charcoal, for use with the Marlborough 635mm basin.
-Thomas Crapper tilting mirrors are beautifully made
with solid brass brackets and supplied with bevelled glass
-The Crapper Difference
The handles of the Regent basin unit are
supplied with the letters T&C but can be ordered with any other letters to personalise them
– COMTESSE SUITE –
– The Comtesse range is available in all white. However if you prefer a splash of colour we offer two-tone heritage glazes in Sea Mist, a gentle green, or Crème Anglaise, a subtle cream tone
– Comtesse WC pan and low-level cistern, shown here in Sea Mist with nickel Thomas Crapper flush pipes are made with a ‘swept’ bend not a 90˚ elbow bend, this ensures the flush performance is not adversely affected.
– ORIGINAL 814 LOW-LEVEL SET –
The Original 814 cast cisterns can be custom made with any name cast into the cartouche. You may have your family name, the name of your property or any other words* cast permanent into the cistern body.
– 814 low-level ‘Beer Pull’ cistern shown powder coated in British Racing Green with Venerable WC pan, and oak Oval seat. Also shown is the Regent tall storage unit in Gooseberry Green.
– The Crapper Difference
The iconic Thomas Crapper low-level 814 cistern has our unique ‘Beer Pull’ flush handle.
– LEIGHTON BATH with MARLBOROUGH POTTERY –
Marlborough 635mm basin, shown here in the one tap-hole version with a Marlborough monobloc basin mixer and washstand in nickel
Venerable WC pan and oak ‘D’ shaped seat with Marlborough ceramic high-level cistern shown with nickel plated flushpipe and brackets.
– The Crapper Difference –
Our flushpipes are made from brass which is forty percent thicker than our competitors. They are fixed with two pipe
clips that are cast from solid brass.
Choose from our Thomas Crapper range. Come to our Winchester showroom to view our vast selection and discuss your requirements with our knowledgeable and friendly team.