Victorian London: The Life of a City 1840-1870
To Londoners, the years 1840 to 1870 were years of dramatic change and achievement. As suburbs expanded and roads multiplied, London was ripped apart to build railway lines and stations and life-saving sewers. The Thames was contained by embankments, and traffic congestion was eased by the first underground railway in the world. A start was made on providing housing and education for the "deserving poor"--but there was also appalling poverty and exploitation. Cruelty and hypocrisy flourished alongside invention, industry, and philanthropy. Here, Liza Picard shows us the physical reality of daily life, taking us into schools and prisons, churches and cemeteries.--From publisher description.