The Great Stink of Londonby Joseph Balgette, Stephen Halliday (Joint Author)
In the sweltering summer of 1858 the stink of sewage from the polluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons. Sewage generated by a population of over two million Londoners was pouring into the river and drastic measures were required to clean the Thames and to improve London's primitive system of sanitation. Parliament entrusted this enormous task to the great engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette, and this book is a fascinating account of his life and work.
His revolutionary system, and the buildings associated with it, were an astonishing achievement, and they represented a turning point in the modern history of London. Life in the city was transformed, and the foundations were laid for the sophisticated sewerage system that operates today.
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