Public toilets, Woodhouse Moor, Leeds

Public toilets, Woodhouse Moor LS6
Today is World Toilet Day, a UN program to draw attention to the sanitation crisis. 1-in-3 people in the world don’t have a clean, safe toilet!

These public toilets at Hyde Park corner in LS6 are now disused – a slash in the Council’s budget, we assume.

There are about 8000 public toilets left in the UK.

See also:
Public toilets, New Brighton, Wirral
Public toilets, Sea Palling, Norfolk

11 thoughts on “Public toilets, Woodhouse Moor, Leeds

  1. Pingback: Public toilets, Bramhope | Jo Dunn

  2. Lovely drawing! I noticed in the Summer that the Central America Solidarity group here in Leeds were running a campaign for their twinned town in Nicaragua – Make a Latrine Lovable. I was looking for a present for a friend who used to go pick coffee in Nicaragua, so I sent them £10 towards a new latrine – he thought it was a great idea! You can ask about it at

    • Great idea, Tez – thanks for mentioning this. It’s easy for us in the UK to take our potties for granted, not to mention the waste of toilet paper and air fresheners, etc. We could all probably save more than £10/year if we folded the paper in half?

  3. This is an interesting and important subject – I heard on the radio that schools are being built without toilets even now in parts of south east Asia. This means that girls stop going to school when they reach puberty, so that is the end of their education. Very nice drawing too!

    • Hello Anna, nice to hear you. Yes, the more I learn about the lack of sanitation, the more I realise what a profound problem it is, especially for girls. World Toilet is a fairly new campaign and it seems to be doing some good in at least bringing attention to the matter. Hope all is well with you – getting cold here 😉 Best wishes, jo

  4. First of all, I love this drawing. It’s just interesting and tells its story.
    Secondly, if you are interested in the subject, I read this very enjoyable and informative book a couple of years ago about the very topic you are illustrating.

    Thirdly, it seems here in Pennsylvania USA, they now put porta-potties in parks and so on instead of erecting an actual building. It’s not as nice, but – it’s there. I pay attention to this topic because I run a lot and there is nothing like wishing for a bathroom when you have to run miles to get to one.

    Facetiousness aside, I love your work as always, and I like how you illuminate issues in a way that is not overpowering and is visually interesting.

    • Hey Claudia – thanks for the link, I’d like to read that book! – and thanks for your comment, I’m glad you like my pic. Porta-potties sound ugly but useful. I have a toilet at home – it’s bad news that billions of people don’t.

      • That’s exactly what this book made me realize the value of – my well-equipped bathroom.

        The porta-potties are not wonderful, lots of people say “I wouldn’t go in there if you paid me” but – I beg to differ. As you said, consider what much of the world deals with and the perspective sure changes!

  5. Hi Jo, nice sketch. I remember those toilets being closed years ago, when I used to walk the dog on Woodhouse Moor. As you say, the Council were having a slash no doubt :-). I can understand phone boxes closing as most folk have mobiles now, but public toilets ?

    • I know Chris, it is quite inconvenient. I had a chat with the Council, they sent me a list of 30 public toilets they said were still open – this one was on the list. Their website says there are 10 in Leeds, also including this one. The investigation is ongoing.


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