[Ansteorra] Gong Farmer (was SCA Vocabulary)

Susan McMahill sueorintx at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 12 11:36:12 PST 2007

>From the Discovery Channel website:
The Gong Farmer The gong farmer was the Tudor equivalent of a modern mobile toilet attendant. It was his job to empty the privies (a row of holes in a wooden plank over a tank) of private households. Once the farmer’s vat was full of ‘gong’ (dung), he carted it outside the city walls. The job was so unsavoury that gong farmers were only allowed to work during the night and were forced to live together in designated areas. When tobacco arrived in this country most gong farmers became heavy smokers to mask the gut-wrenching pong of the gong! 
Sounds like the perfect title for the job rather than nasty-crat, etc. ;)
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> From: talana1 at hotmail.com> To: ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org> Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 13:32:07 -0600> Subject: [Ansteorra] Gong Farmer (was SCA Vocabulary)> > > Claire wrote:> > > > While you are there look up Gong Farmer. We once used that to replace> > nasty-crat. I'd love to know if it was accurate or useful. It was a very> > fun reference in any case.> > > > As a matter of fact, the "Worst Jobs of History - Tudor Era" program featured the role and toils of the "gong farmer." Very English, very period for SCA. The gong farmer cleared out middens, privies, and sewers.> > In servicio,> > Talana> > _________________________________________________________________> Help yourself to FREE treats served up daily at the Messenger Café. Stop by today.> http://www.cafemessenger.com/info/info_sweetstuff2.html?ocid=TXT_TAGLM_OctWLtagline> _______________________________________________> Ansteorra mailing list> Ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org> http://lists.ansteorra.org/listinfo.cgi/ansteorra-ansteorra.org

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