Newspaper report of a new royal train to carry the Queen from Windsor to London, Usage terms Public Domain Turnpikes and canals Communications had rapidly improved since the days of the first stage-coaches. Heavy loads were more economically carried by the canal network which had developed piecemeal since , linking the growing industrial centres to the ports, and to London, with an important nexus at Birmingham. Some spectacular routes were created, tunnelling through mountains and soaring across valleys on viaducts, with locks, sometimes in series, to manage changes in level. The Underground Meanwhile the traffic in inner cities was becoming chaotic. The answer that those astonishing Victorians came up with was obvious: move the whole problem underground.
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What it says on the cover. An interesting look at London during the Victorian period. Lots of useful and interesting facts. This one is going in my reference library. Feb 23, Andrea Bowhill rated it it was amazing Liza Picard opens up this book To Londoners, but I can safely add to history lovers, tourist and anyone fascinated with this Victorian era for the years of there is simply a wealth of information about the social everyday life of Londoners.
For all modern day Londoners living the life no need to look down at the pavement on your daily drudge to work because after reading this book you may look up and have thoughts of enlightenment and wonder. This era gives you an account of how you Liza Picard opens up this book To Londoners, but I can safely add to history lovers, tourist and anyone fascinated with this Victorian era for the years of there is simply a wealth of information about the social everyday life of Londoners.
This era gives you an account of how you came to travel the underground so next time you hear that automated voice over at the station "This train is delayed, due to the previous train being delayed.. Victorian buildings you may pass were a base from which a great idea was formed, everything is right before our very eyes, this book welcomes us back to a fascinating city. Incredibly researched, primary sources have been used but its been investigated much much further for detail.
Its then I would say been divided into themed references and then themes form chapters, each broken down into many small sub-sections. Themes: Buildings, the river, the streets, working, middle, upper classes and royalty, domestic service, poverty, railway, Crystal Palace at Sydenham, Great Exhibition, health, fashions, language, food, and so on.
Theme example: Under Practicalities: The postal services, subs: the stamp introduction, letterboxes, post offices when the first uniforms were worn and fashion ect ect.
This builds up an image in the mind, of people, a place, an area and a sense of time in an observant way. Letters left behind of those times which is about real peoples lives, voices from all walks of life, at the workhouses, a ladies maid, the upper class as they sit down to dinner or a butler who kept a diary for a year noting his daily grind.
These voices form and produce a much more vivid picture as we follow through the book. Once the sewers were in place the book explains in detail the trails and tribulations, first problems it caused water pipes and sewers were run to close together and how the matter was resolved, the huge overhaul, which saved lives. We then go on to costs, how much to have a lavatory installed, the flush system that were put into a middle class family home. It made for a dramatic change to a bustling city and an idea used in others cities around the world.
A man named Thomas Cook set up a business venture in and made his first deal with the railways, trips were organized in groups and were made cost effective. Liza Picard has added a sense of humor everywhere in this book from mens latest fashion in beards and dress entire, hat problems at the opera or ladies fashion problems when getting on the omnibuses. We go into schools looking at education, we also look at religion, places for amusement, prisons, crime, punishment even death and cemeteries the information is plenty and sometimes surprising.
This books recreates the industries, inventions and London life with all its many sides, splendor, misery, cruelty, vices or pleasures all the while keeping it entertaining you also have illustrations showing this extraordinary age.
I can honestly say I learnt much from this book and thoroughly enjoyed every minuet. Congratulations Liza Picard has my attention and I will be looking at other books written. Highly recommended for anyone interested in this History era.
What it says on the cover. An interesting look at London during the Victorian period. Lots of useful and interesting facts. This one is going in my reference library.
Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870
For no other of the five is as redolent of memory or can conjure a long-forgotten past with such force. Remembering begins in the nose. London in the s, before Joseph Bazalgette got to work on the sewerage system that is one of the glories of that age, was a stinking place. By the time the river reached Woolwich, as Punch reported sardonically in , "those situated in the lower course of the stream get the Thames water in the highest perfection". By the late s, many houses were connected to a primitive water mains, the service being supplied by one of any number of private companies. Charles Dickens was one of the few to pay the extra, and his frustration with the service rings clearly down the years: "My supply of water is often absurdly insufficient and