Dirty old London : the Victorian fight against filth

Jackson, Lee, 1971-

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  • Creator Lee Jackson
  • Format Books
  • Publication New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
  • Physical Details
    • 293 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780300192056, 0300192053
  • OCLC ocn877369758


  • "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"--


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 270-283) and index.


  • The golden dustman -- Inglorious mud -- Night soil -- Removable causes -- Vile bodies -- The great unwashed -- The public convenience -- Wretched houses -- The veil of soot
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