The New River
Posted by Linden on June 11, 1998 at 21:45:22:
In response to This time a question on sources of water..., written by Peg on June 11, 1998 at 13:37:02
] I am assuming that people with enough property had private wells, but what did the people in London do for water? Neighborhood wells like in 'Angela's Ashes'? Would someone have delivered the water to wealthier customers? Would they keep it in a keg? Any help is appreciated. Peg
In the early seventeenth century, a canal was dug from north of London to bring fresh water in to replace the disgusting stuff that was flowing in the Thames.
In the Regency period, plumbing was just coming in to the new rich houses: there would be piped water, both hot and cold, and privies.
Poorer people would use communal taps: in the mid-nineteenth century, one doctor (whose name I forget) stopped a cholera epidemic in its tracks by dismantling one of these taps.
Hope this helps
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