The history of rain gutters dates back to the Indus Valley civilization between 3000 BC and 1500 BC. Constructed from bricks made out of burnt clay, these ancient gutters would serve less than today’s purposes.
The Romans also engaged in early forms of guttering between 27 BC – 14 AD. However, the turning point in gutter history came when the Romans brought the technology to Britain in 47 AD. The spread of the Norman Empire between the 10th and 13th centuries caused a shift in architecture with the introduction of stone roofs and parapets. Due to the changes in roof styles, gargoyles became the dominant and sole gutter system.