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'Despite its wealth and social prominence the family found that it was unable to isolate itself from the stench, pollution and health hazards of the day...Probably as a consequence of the poor drainage system, the father contracted one of the most lethal and dreaded of what the Victorians called 'filth diseases' - 'bowel fever' or typhoid ...The mother had had typhoid herself when she was sixteen and quite understandably she dreaded the disease, which was a major killer...This family, with its troubles, tragedies, and near-tragedies from bad sewers and filth diseases, forced to live amidst stink and water and air pollution, was the Royal Family, of Victoria, Albert and their children.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750943789
ISBN-10: 0750943785
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stephen Halliday

Stephen Halliday is an expert on Victorian urban history, with a special interest in public works and planning. He is the author of The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis, Underground to Everywhere: London's Underground in the Life of the Capital, Water: A Turbulent History and Newgate.

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