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Bazalgette and London's sewage 
Bazalgette and London's sewage
How London disposes of its sewage
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The welfare of seamen
Making life secure and comfortable for visiting seamen in the port
 The welfare of seamen
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The Dreadnought Seamen's hospital 
The Dreadnought Seamen's hospital
The hospital was founded to provide a health and welfare service for sailors on ships visiting the river Thames
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Social conditions in the 19th-century port
Life in the dockland slums
 Social conditions in the 19th-century port
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Containing smallpox in Victorian London 
Containing smallpox in Victorian London
The floating hospitals
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Ports and disease
Ports as gateways for disease
 Ports and disease
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Hospitals in the port 
Hospitals in the port
The port was a dangerous place
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Making a home in maritime London
The experiences of Docklands' post-war community
 Making a home in maritime London
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Port pastimes 
Port pastimes
Leisure activities for a riverside community
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The virtual pub crawl 
The virtual pub crawl
Experience a maritime pub crawl
Get the facts
The Trafalgar Tavern 
The Trafalgar Tavern
An elegant Regency building standing on the edge of the Thames
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The Grapes
A famous riverside tavern, described in Charles Dicken's book 'Our Mutual Friend'
 The Grapes
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The Angel 
The Angel
The oldest public house in Rotherhithe
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The Prospect of Whitby
One of the most famous pubs in London
 The Prospect of Whitby
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Poplar Hospital - the first hospital for dockers 
Poplar Hospital - the first hospital for dockers
Work at the docks could be very dangerous, and many dockers were injured while handling heavy goods
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'Punch' cartoons
The magazine 'Punch', commented on government policy, providing moral judgements on political and social events, from the late 1840s to mid 1850s it focused on the appalling quality of Thames water
 'Punch' cartoons
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Image for Browse Collections
Browse the collections
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Quick Quiz
What caused the 'Great Stink' of 1858?
Raw sewage
Industrial pollution
Imported spices
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The first hospital for dockers
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