Downham basin – the star of the show!

One of the latest additions to the Thomas Crapper range, the Downham basin is fast becoming one of our best sellers. The classic styling of this fireclay basin will add a luxury touch to any cloakroom or en-suite bathroom. Carefully crafted in Lancashire, this British made basin looks fabulous on Thomas Crapper brackets or even on a shelf of your own choosing.  

New Retailers

Thomas Crapper’s retail network continues to grow with the appointment of the following retailers: Cole Roberts: Loughborough York & Young: Liverpool Summerhouse Interiors: Shrewsbury Welcome on board one and all, here’s to a happy and prosperous future for all.

New Brochure Photo Shoot

The management team from our parent company (Hartford Holdings), including founder Maurice Mosley and his son Adam, visit our latest photography session. More new products on the way!  

Crapper comes home to Yorkshire

Iconic British brand Thomas Crapper & Company becomes part of Yorkshire bathroom manufacturer. One of Europe’s largest manufacturer of baths, Hartford Holdings, announces an historic buy out of the prestigious Thomas Crapper and Company Ltd whose offices are based in Stratford upon Avon. Thomas Crapper & Company Ltd, which was founded by Thomas Crapper from Thorne, Doncaster, will become Huddersfield-based Hartford Holdings’ first branded offering as the family owned firm looks to ensure the Crapper brand remains one of Britain’s most-treasured brands for many years to come. The news comes following exponential growth at Hartford Holdings – which operates…

Thomas Crapper Competes in a Downhill Gravity Race at the Border Bogie Challenge

We used to call them go-carts, the Scots call them bogies, those trying to be taken seriously call them gravity racers but everyone agrees they are an insanely fun way of getting down a hill. The 2013 Border Bogie Challenge celebrated the art of descent in a gruelling timed race that featured motivated drivers in sophisticated machines and Simon Kirby on “the Crapper”. There are those that will say that the Victorians did not fully understand the concept of wind resistance and that a lavatory and cistern are not first choice accessories on a downhill racer. Simon Kirby is…

New accessories in full production

We are pleased to announce that the full range of genuine Thomas Crapper Accessories are now in production and available from stock. This range is copied directly from originals produced in the 1890’s, however their unique design not only suits the Victorian bathroom, but to most styles across the decades. All the items are British Made from solid brass, available in our standard finishes of Polished Brass, Nickel or Chromium Plate. Please note that bone china tumblers are available for all of the tumbler holders.

Book: ‘Flushed With Pride: The Story of Thomas Crapper’

First published in 1969, this biography of Thomas Crapper was a best-seller and has been re-printed many times since. Written by the late Wallace Reyburn, O.B.E., it charts the life of Mr Crapper, the rise of his firm and the development of the flushing Water Closet in an engaging, informative and light-hearted style. The tale is told of how Mr Crapper started life in the West Riding of Yorkshire, became apprenticed to a plumber at the age of 12 and on completion he established his own business. Within a few short years he was manufacturing the finest sanitaryware and…

A Commemorative W.C. Pan : ‘The Fitzhigham’.

In honour of Mr Tim FitzHigham’s epic, dangerous yet hilarious crossing of the English Channel in a Crapper bathroom-boat, we are proud to introduce the ‘FitzHigham’ loo pan! FitzNews In the nineteenth century, most W.C.s were given a name, which was normally proudly displayed on the china. In this case, it is our ‘Venerable’ exact-replica W.C. bowl, re-designated as ‘The FitzHigham’. In addition, on the rim there is a cartoon drawn by Tim, depicting him half-way across the Channel. On the top of the pan, at the back, brief details of the trip are recorded. We know of only…

Not For Sale: The Royal Train Bath

Manufactured and installed in 1915 for H.M. George V; the first bath on a train in the world. The L.N.W.R. Royal Train was built in 1902 and as previous royal carriages it was luxuriously appointed, containing modern conveniences such as a W.C. and a washbasin. In 1915, during the First World War, King George V and Queen Mary began long train tours of Britain in order to boost morale. Due to war shortages and restrictions the King felt he could not expect the aristocracy to provide hospitality (as they had during previous royal ‘progresses’ of the country); instead the…

Book: ‘In the Bath’.

This is the ridiculous story of the eccentric upper-crust comedian and ‘jolly good egg’ Mr Tim FitzHigham, and his epic attempts to row a copper Thomas Crapper bath across the English Channel. The authorities (especially those of the French) tried to stop him. Ultimately, they forced him to change the design from a lone bath to more of a whole bathroom, but he was doing it for charity (Comic Relief), and the more obstructive these mere ‘functionaries’ were, the more he was determined. We at Crapper & Co. were proud to sponsor him in this grand but idiotic endeavour….

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