Industrialisation in the 19th century transformed parts of Southwark into one of the most overcrowded and filthiest areas of London. Raw sewage was everywhere. And so was its stench. These wretched conditions in turn bred epidemic diseases, most notably the scourge of the period: cholera.
In an age when the belief was that diseases were caused by miasma, this walk explores the lives of the local poor, the arrival, effects and responses to this potentially fatal bacterial infection and the significant figures in public health improvements.
Meeting point: Old Operating Museum 9a St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
You must book your place for this tour in advance.
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