10 - The Great Stink

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Want more FOH? Visit footnotesofhistory.com/join Shownotes at footnotesofhistory.com/10 Here at Footnotes of History, we like to think we’re all about doing the dirty work of finding the historical details so that you don’t have to. At no point has that been more true than in this episode. As Tim points out in the episode, the historical radar pinged urgently when he heard a speech by a politician last year lauding the glorious success of the London sewer system. So the team just had to find out the other half of the story. The Great Stink was the apex of a crisis of nineteenth century London. The smell was one thing - but people were dying in their thousands from disease outbreaks across the city, waste was seeping up through the pavements and the very body of the great river Thames was a foul, dark treacle of industrial run-off, chemical waste and human sewage. So overwhelmed were London’s sewer systems that it really did need the complete overhaul and millions of pounds spent t Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/footnotesofhistory/message

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