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By the 15th Century, London had over a dozen public toilets. These would often be placed on bridges, so that the waste could just fall into the waterways. It was not just London that provided this, almost every late medieval city or town has records noting the building and maintenance of public toilets. Medieval people became more concerned about hygiene in the later Middle Ages, as populations in cities grew. The idea that it was acceptable to empty chamber pots out of windows is a fallacy promoted by Hollywood and a persistent myth. There were fines for dumping chamber pots into streets by the end of the 13th Century, which increased to a fine of two shillings by the end of the 14th Century.