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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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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A fascinating story and worthy tribute to Joseph Bazalgette, an under appreciated Victorian-era engineer responsible not only for designing and overseeing the construction of London's huge sanitary ... 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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