Gone are the lavat'ries in the back yard;

from The Kinks – Shangri-La Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Back in the day, working-class homes in the UK didn’t have indoor plumbing — so you would use the “outhouse” in the backyard.

The suburban housing developments that sprang up after World War II were equipped with indoor plumbing.

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