A typical example of a traditional-style toilet is where
the toilet cistern is positioned high up on the wall and connects
to the toilet pan by way of a flushpipe. This is called a
high-level toilet and the flush is activated by a pull chain.
The flush is very efficient because gravity helps to increase
the force and speed of the water.
Traditional toilets include authentic period pieces which were made from lead and heavy metals, today's equivalent pan and cistern are usually made from ceramic, although some manufacturers supply cisterns made from steel or cast iron.
The flushpipe connects to the cistern flush mechanism inside
the cistern and then to the hole at the back of the pan. There
is usually a pipe bracket to help keep the pipe secure, and
in some cases, as with the Granley high-level toilet from
Heritage, the bracket features a rubber stopper which the
lid of the seat rests against when it is upright, which protects
the plated pipe from being damaged or dented.
A variation on this is the low-level toilet. Here the cistern
is still positioned on the wall, but the connecting flushpipe
to the pan is much shorter and the flush is activated by a
handle on the front. Seen here is the Victoria low-level toilet
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