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Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth
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 and the air itself was choked with smoke. In this talk Lee Jackson explores the secret life of the Victorian metropolis, focusing in particular on two of the thematic chapters from Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth – the birth of public baths and the peculiar history of the public toilet – and explains why public cleanliness, while much-praised, was often neglected.
A well-known Victorian enthusiast, Lee Jackson is the editor of A Dictionary of Victorian London, author of Walking Dickens’ London and Victorian London. He is also creator of the leading website on Victorian London, victorianlondon.org. Recorded live at Bishopsgate Institute on 16 October 2014.
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