A recent book published in the Mother country, " Filth, Noise and Stench 1660-1770 " describes that neighbours in England in the 1300's were a lot more intrusive than they are today. This case appeared in 1333 at the London Assize of Nuisance. A couple took their neighbours to court for removing a screen from around their privy " so that the extremities of those sitting upon the privy can be seen, which is altogether intolerable " The neigbour in a counter claim told the court, that " they have a hole in their floor where they could observe his private business" Not much had changed by 1660 when Samuel Pepys complained of his neighbours " foule water sluicing between the houses, even into his cellar where he found a great heap of turds which are not mine " A bye law in the 1630's prohibited "any suddaine outcry in the still of the night such as beating a wife to the disturbance of his neighbours" Seems that beating a wife was quite acceptable, but her cries of pain and anguish were unacceptable Prying through peep holes (not peek holes) was common. Church Consistory Courts on Morals sat on an adulterous activity which reported that " a crowd of witnesses were invited to watch a wife and her husbands brother in the very act, in a very beastlie manner" The public spirited neighbours had peeped carefully at the activity for a quarter of an hour. The British used to judge their neighbours by the quality and the whiteness of the washing they hung out to dry, today they are judged by the contents of their recycling bins, noting the clatter of the number of bottles as they are dropped, and what they contained.