Esoteric London

No. 828: Camden Mews, NW1

Posted in Drains, Housing by esotericlondon on May 1, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_9847 copy

Camden Mews, London, NW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

London Shadows; A Glance at the “Homes” of the Thousands – George Godwin, 1854:

In the neighbourhood of Serle’s-place, Clement’s-lane, and the little alleys running in various directions, the filth is very great, and here fever is a constant visitor. In one court, occupied by a dealer in fancy dogs, and some other persons, there were two untrapped gully-holes; the people had complained in vain to the landlady to have these holes examined, as they were nearly poisoned, and the landlady supplied them with two pieces of wood, imagining that this would be sufficient to stop the escape of the poisonous gases. In the house of the dog-dealer, some time since, the drain became stopped; a young man, the son of the occupant, at that time in perfect health, opened the drain, and in a few days he died of a raging fever! The death of the son killed the father.

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