For over four centuries the classic Butler sink has been an iconic part of kitchen design. Initially created for use in the butler’s pantry, the sink rapidly grew in popularity as production methods improved, and people became aware of its versatility. The introduction of sanitation officers in many UK cities meant that various nuances sprang up in the shape of the design. In London, where water was sparse, the sink was designed without a weir overflow, whereas in Belfast, where water was plentiful, the sink was designed with a weir overflow to help avoid accidental spillages. These two designs formed the basis for the Butler and Belfast sinks which are still available today.