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Victorian London : the life of a city, 1840-1870

Author: Liza Picard
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"To Londoners, the years 1840 to 1870 were years of dramatic change and achievement. As suburbs expanded and roads multiplied, London was ripped apart to build railway lines and stations and life-saving sewers. The Thames was contained by embankments, and traffic congestion was eased by the first underground railway in the world. A start was made on providing housing for the "deserving poor." There were significant  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Liza Picard
ISBN: 0312325673 9780312325671
OCLC Number: 62679934
Notes: Originally published in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.
Description: xvi, 368 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Smells --
The river --
The streets --
The railways --
Buildings --
Practicalities --
Destitution and poverty --
The working class --
The middle class --
The upper class and royalty --
Domestic service --
Houses and gardens --
Food --
Clothes and so on --
Health --
Amusements --
The Great Exhibition --
The Crystal Palace at Sydenham --
Education --
Women --
Crimes and punishments --
Religion --
Death.
Responsibility: Liza Picard.
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"To Londoners, the years 1840 to 1870 were years of dramatic change and achievement. As suburbs expanded and roads multiplied, London was ripped apart to build railway lines and stations and life-saving sewers. The Thames was contained by embankments, and traffic congestion was eased by the first underground railway in the world. A start was made on providing housing for the "deserving poor." There were significant advances in medicine, and the Ragged Schools are perhaps the least known of Victorian achievements, in those last decades before universal state education. In 1851 the Great Exhibition managed to astonish almost everyone, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world." "But there was also appalling poverty and exploitation, exposed by Henry Mayhew and others. For the laboring classes, pay was pitifully low, the hours long, and job security nonexistent." "Liza Picard shows us the physical reality of daily life. She takes us into schools and prisons, churches and cemeteries. Many practical innovations of the time - flushing lavatories, underground railways, umbrellas, letter boxes, driving on the left - point the way forward. But this was also, at least until the 1850s, a city of cholera outbreaks, transportation to Australia, public executions, and the workhouse, where children could be sold by their parents for as little as [pound] 12 and streetpeddlers sold sparrows for a penny, tied by the leg for children to play with. Cruelty and hypocrisy flourished alongside invention, industry, and philanthropy." "The buildings of Victorian London are all around us, but its inhabitants are long gone. This compassionate and wonderfully observant book re-creates the splendor and misery, the inventiveness and energy, the vices and pleasures of that extraordinary age."--Jacket.

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