The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Capital

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Sutton, 1999 - History - 210 pages
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In the sweltering summer of 1858 the stink of sewage from the oulluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons. Sewage from over two million Londoners was carried to and fro by the tides. The Times called the crisis The Great Stink. Parliament had to act - drastic measures were required to clean the Thames and to improve London's primitive system of sanitation. The engineer entrusted by Parliament with this enormous task was Sir Joseph Bazalgette, and this book is an account of his life and work.

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User Review  - ashmolean1 - LibraryThing

Loved this book from start to finish! Where would be be today without an efficient sewer system? Can you imagine living in a time where people were paid to come out at night and remove your sewage or ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew Lin - Goodreads

Just finished reading this despite planning to do so for quite some time. A fascinating investigation of politics, engineering and history behind the infrastructure of a great city. Interesting to see that modern engineers still have to go through the same travails as our forebears. Read full review


Londons Sanitation before 1850
No filth in the sewers
A Government for London

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Stephen Halliday is a lecturer at Buckinghamshire Business School.

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