The drawings opposite show some of the changes which have
come about in a very short period of time. Perhaps the house should have
a dish aerial, or cable television as well: they may become standard
fittings in a few years' time, just as running water to all floors, gas
acid electricity, each in its turn became taken for granted.
When the Fortis Green houses still had traditional earth
sanitation, like the cottage in the first illustration, night soil
men used to remove the ordure from the cess pits at intervals. It was
stored in Dirt House Wood, the old name for Cheerry Tree Woods. Each
morning nursery gardeners brought their vegetables and flowers along
the Great North Road to sell them in London. At that time The Old White
Lion, now so handsomely
rebuilt, was known as The Dirt House because, on their return journey,
the market gardeners used to stop there for a drink. Then they collected
the night soil from Dirt House Wood opposite and carried it away to
manure their fields in the same carts as they carried their vegetables.
The dangers of cross infection do not bear thinking about.