Among the prayers, Rev. Canon Carpenter read a Biblical verse that mentions "cistern." After the service, a cake in the shape of a water closet was served.
Crapper (1836-1910), is largely credited by some with "inventing" the modern flush toilet. Many say his name lives on as a slang term for, well, you know.
Although Crapper probably shouldn't get the credit or the blame for either story, he was definitely a promoter of sanitaryware. "He relentlessly promoted sanitary fittings to a somewhat dirty and skeptical world and championed the 'water-waste-preventing cistern syphon' in particular," according to the site, www.thomas-crapper.com "Indeed, he invented the bathroom showroom and displayed his wares in large plate glass windows at the Marlboro Works. This caused quite a stir and it is said that ladies observing the china bowls in the windows became faint at this shocking sight!"
Currently, Thomas Crapper & Co. offers replicas of Victorian/Edwardian sanitaryware.
"At some point, we will organize another 'flush' of Crappers and Crapperologists," mentioned company owner Simon Kirby in a press release. "The centenary of Thomas Crapper's death is 2010, but I'm not sure we can wait that long."