Gents. I enjoyed the discussion and don't wish to pour oil but:
1. I lived in Brookhill Road and the most feared gang - for removing our carefully stored bonfire wood in the 60s -was definitely The Marsh Lane Gang.
2. Our outside lav had at least 2 problems. Not only did the candle blow out, when windy, going down the yard - but the bits of Echo hanging on a meat hook on the wall contained news - but the final part of a story was inevitably missing - used by a previous occupant - such is life.
3. As time went on, I installed an outdoor cable and electric light - the only lav. one on the block, My Ma put a blue down the basin Then, in 1969, they demolished our slum, posh lav down the yard, aspidistra in the window and all...We gained an inside toilet and running hot water but lost an era...
Happy days. Walshy