Dirty Old London

Dirty Old London The Victorian Fight Against Filth

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Synopsis

In Victorian London, filth was everywhere: horse traffic filled the streets with dung, household rubbish went uncollected, cesspools brimmed with "night soil," graveyards teemed with rotting corpses, the air itself was choked with smoke. In this intimately visceral book, Lee Jackson guides us through the underbelly of the Victorian metropolis, introducing us to the men and women who struggled to stem a rising tide of pollution and dirt, and the forces that opposed them.

Through thematic chapters, Jackson describes how Victorian reformers met with both triumph and disaster. Full of individual stories and overlooked details-from the dustmen who grew rich from recycling, to the peculiar history of the public toilet-this riveting book gives us a fresh insight into the minutiae of daily life and the wider challenges posed by the unprecedented growth of the Victorian capital.

Book information

ISBN: 9780300216110
Publisher: Yale University Press
Imprint: Yale University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 363.720942109034
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 293 , 24 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 374g
Height: 200mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 24mm