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Workers constructing a drain.

Workers constructing a drain.
Workers constructing a drain.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H1766
Description: Workers from Hamlett's Builders by a trench they have dug for a drain in Canning Town. Much of the original Victorian housing in this part of West Ham was of a poor quality in a poor environment. Many of the terraced houses that were built had no connection to mains water or adequate sewage facilities. Infectious diseases were common until a new drainage and sewage system was constructed at the end of the century.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c. 1890
Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library collection
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