History and Sewage: The Great Stink of 1858

The History Guy remembers when, in the summer of 1858, a particularly hot month of June forced the city of London to address the pollution of the river Thames.
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  • This is what I've been looking for, I kinda wonder how the cities operate in anime isekai fantasies, I wonder how city forms without encountering daily problems such as waste management and sanitation

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  • BCE, don't be silly. Its BC you clown

    David ColleyDavid Colley6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Those cheap idiots where living in hell 💀

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  • Why am i watching this at 1:37 in the morning

    Illager734Illager734Сарын өмнө
  • Uh oh stinky

    Krazy MoooseKrazy Mooose2 сарын өмнө
  • Who's using this for history work?

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  • I noticed you use BCE and then AD. Do you use both for a reason? Is it to please both sides of the debate?

    Carla MylastnameCarla Mylastname3 сарын өмнө
  • Flush toilets too? What didn't the Scot's invent?

    SpockBoySpockBoy4 сарын өмнө
  • i often wonder why Thames is pronounced Tims insteat of Tha or they with m sounds on the end.

    Joe RogersJoe Rogers4 сарын өмнө
  • I love how the parliament debated moving rather than fixing their massive shite hole

    Neal WilkinsonNeal Wilkinson5 сарын өмнө
  • How about the history of 19th century scientists... Like Rutherford?

    Jeffrey StoneJeffrey Stone5 сарын өмнө
  • PEOPLE WONDER WHY THE OCEANS ARE POLLUTED!!!!!

    Scott MikaScott Mika5 сарын өмнө
  • You know a history channel spares no expense when they acquire genuine Roman legionnaire footage in full technicolor.

    Luca ColonneseLuca Colonnese5 сарын өмнө
  • ans in 2020 peoples eat ass...what a weird world we live in loll

    jean francois du tremblejean francois du tremble5 сарын өмнө
  • Largest empire in land mass only.

    HurriHurri5 сарын өмнө
  • what a great channel i am loving your content good sir please continue with your amazing work cheerios.

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  • sounds familiar?? "one day it will just go away ".... 👽👽👽💨

    Bert CushmanBert Cushman5 сарын өмнө
  • It was John Snow and his “ghost map” that traced the cholera outbreaks to the dumping of human waste into the Thames. Snow is the hero in all of this, and as a result, London became the first large city for truly sustainable living.

    Ryan NixRyan Nix5 сарын өмнө
  • "Clean" was a very relative term in the 18th and19th centuries.

    Richard LahanRichard Lahan5 сарын өмнө
  • You look like Bill Nye’s older brother

    NadrianATRSNadrianATRS5 сарын өмнө
  • My history teacher was good, and got me interested, but damn you really break it down. I’m getting my second education here

    Trev DavioTrev Davio6 сарын өмнө
  • ...Ok, we are all thinking it...this video was full of Sh*t....

    Chi SWsuburbsChi SWsuburbs6 сарын өмнө
  • I was thinking of subscribing but your use of the politically correct "BCE" really turned me off. Jesus Christ was the most significant figure to ever walk the planet. We have used the supposed date of his birth to reckon time for millennia. That your are afraid of offending others or are offended yourself by this offends me.

    Unca ReidUnca Reid6 сарын өмнө
    • Unca Reid we have used both BC/AD and BCE/CE on the channel. We see it as, essentially an unwinnable debate, especially ironic since both are actually based on the same calculation. I can say that we intend and imply no political or religious statement.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered6 сарын өмнө
  • So the fix was to just route the sewage further downriver? Someone else’s problem!

    Dubya HDubya H6 сарын өмнө
  • It hit 53 c. in Sth Australia that year as well, well up frpm 32c, hottest on record, IN SPITE of climate alarmists trying to hide the fact.

    scott leftscott left7 сарын өмнө
  • Thames: bow down to me, I am the FILTHIEST river, alive!....lol Ganges: Hold my Beer.

    scott leftscott left7 сарын өмнө
  • Hi, I enjoyed the great stink but was slightly disappointed you didn't acknowledge John Snow's contribution to the understanding of cholera in the 1854 Broad Street Pump incident. I'm an anaesthetist and John Snow was a pioneer of both anaesthesia and epidemiology. He anesthetized Queen Victoria for two confinement, Leopold and Beatrice I think. He might be worthy of a History Guy episode. Also I live in Newcastle upon Tyne. It's been London's coalfield for centuries. Without the ability of London to import large quantities of coal by boat, London could not have expanded as it did. The interaction of geology, geography, prevailing winds and which included the early gravity assisted railways of the North East of england. London could not have existed. Then you have the development of steam engines to pump water out of mines. This then married up to create steam railway, which then enabled the creation of the USA. George Washington and George Stephenson. May be the Fathers of America are from the North East of England?

    Mark PiperMark Piper7 сарын өмнө
  • If this topic seemed to help your channel, a more recent history of Boston sewers might be interesting.

    smdenmansmdenman7 сарын өмнө
  • I love your history lessons. Keep up the great work :-) it's not just entertaining but educational at the same time.

    jc JCjc JC7 сарын өмнө
  • I probably shouldn't have watched this one while eating. :P

    videovisionsvideovisions7 сарын өмнө
  • Fifty sewer overflows a year in the Themes is a good reason not to go mud lurking there.

    Cindy JurekCindy Jurek7 сарын өмнө
  • I thought this was about Trump

    DaveDave7 сарын өмнө
  • 94.5 f is 34.7C

    Gambit771Gambit7717 сарын өмнө
  • Somebody said irony is what the water taste like when you get new pipes in your house but what's it taste like if you use pecks tubing ha ha

    Chris weberChris weber8 сарын өмнө
  • History guy for president

    Chris weberChris weber8 сарын өмнө
  • I'm a semi mechanic and believe me u don't want to work on 1 they have a great stink

    Chris weberChris weber8 сарын өмнө
  • Can u leave me your brain please

    Chris weberChris weber8 сарын өмнө
  • At 11:20 the auto captioning transcribed "I am the history god" LOL

    Abundant PlacesAbundant Places8 сарын өмнө
  • N Korea ad: looking for fertilizer, dump your sh*t on us

    mklik4mklik48 сарын өмнө
  • We have a great stink in our country since Jan 2017 and it brought a pandemic with it's neglect and stupidity.

    Humble oneHumble one8 сарын өмнө
  • Fascinating history. Thank you.

    Ed SauerEd Sauer8 сарын өмнө
  • What a bunch of crap.

    Chris NedbalekChris Nedbalek8 сарын өмнө
    • @kenneth fisher ... Naw, he's full of shit.

      Chris NedbalekChris Nedbalek8 сарын өмнө
    • this guy knows his shit

      kenneth fisherkenneth fisher8 сарын өмнө
  • I must have Covid.. My face is feeling flushed.

    circleehcircleeh8 сарын өмнө
  • Mmmmm! Lunch.

    Stincil SStincil S9 сарын өмнө
  • in our family, we all remember the great stink of taco night

    AlanAlan9 сарын өмнө
  • Love what you do Thank you

    D CD C9 сарын өмнө
  • Nobody likes us plumbers, till they need one.

    John BreunigJohn Breunig9 сарын өмнө
  • The only time anything was done about it was when Mr affected Mps!

    David BakerDavid Baker9 сарын өмнө
  • THE SMARTEST IDEA BROUGHT AWAY FROM THIS HISTORICAL EPISODE IS: STOPPING THE FLOW OF THE SEWAGE INTO THE THAMES AND REDIRECTING IT TO FLOW INTO THE OCEAN! REALLY? LET US NOW RUIN THE OCEAN INSTEAD OF THE RIVER. THE OCEAN THAT FEEDS THE VERY SUBSTANCE THE RIVER IS MADE OF! WATER?

    DAVID LANGFORDDAVID LANGFORD9 сарын өмнө
  • This is such a great historical piece. This was the greatest public works project in the history of mankind up until then. One of the ways they started to discover the cause of disease was a doctor who started sterilizing his equipment and room for childbirth. Another was none of the men who worked at a brewery got cholora. They only drank ale which of course is distilled. Awesome video.

    Charles SandersCharles Sanders9 сарын өмнө
  • So a comic invented the flushing toilet? He must of toiled over that for some time

    Ken SpearacyKen Spearacy9 сарын өмнө
  • “Tims/Temzs/Thames” Brits are crazy . Lol JK

    Diamond LouDiamond Lou9 сарын өмнө
  • It probably wouldn't take up a whole video but you should do one on the invention of bending the pipe under toilets so water is trapped and blocks the sewer smell. Lol. I just always thought it was interesting as it seems like such a simple idea.

    golden tacogolden taco9 сарын өмнө
  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us all together with Elohim FATHER and Heavenly mother Jerusalem our Elohim God's

    edylc nostreboredylc nostrebor9 сарын өмнө
  • I just heard a familiar voice on my radio in Sweden, this video was used in a story on Sveriges Radio P1!

    serteserte9 сарын өмнө
    • can you please email our business manager? Business@thehistoryguy.net - Thanks!

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered9 сарын өмнө
  • A video on Jenny Wade from the civil war would be cool.

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  • Please synch voice to video

    NancunNancun9 сарын өмнө
  • Well wasn’t that a crap subject.

    No worries MateNo worries Mate9 сарын өмнө
  • Absolutely disgusting. I loved it!

    Eric HauserEric Hauser9 сарын өмнө
  • Since you mentioned the Cholera outbreaks, a video on John Snow and the Broad Street pump, he was the first to discover that cholera was water borne, and his techniques are still used to track deadly disease outbreaks today!

    Marlee GouldMarlee Gould9 сарын өмнө
  • Have you done the Chicago molasses disaster?

    David MurphyDavid Murphy9 сарын өмнө
  • Would greatly appreciate it if you could give both Fahrenheit AND Celsius. Keeping in mind that the majority of the world uses Celsius. Hi from Turkey! Love the channel!

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  • ...

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  • My sons room when he was 13@

    Hygenic optionHygenic option10 сарын өмнө
  • Shit That is an interesting piece of history

    Muzz muzzamotorsMuzz muzzamotors10 сарын өмнө
  • Thanks for shooting the poop with us history guy! I watched this while sitting on the.....well, you know. It really added to the story! I love what you do and how you do it.

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  • it took 75 000 death and 193 years to understand a shitty problem

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  • The house I live in in the nw of england still has a outside toilet, we don't use it but next door use there's and wash it out every morning

    Karl SmallphonesKarl Smallphones10 сарын өмнө
  • This episode is shit ;-)

    Karl SmallphonesKarl Smallphones10 сарын өмнө
  • The longest river in the UK is the river Severn .

    Alison HilllAlison Hilll10 сарын өмнө
  • One would think that the United Nations and World Health Organization would be spending millions (billions?) on clean water projects... but no. These useless money pits are the cause of human suffering throughout the world and should be completely defunded.

    GizmoFromPizmoGizmoFromPizmo10 сарын өмнө
  • Your channel is awesome! I like history like this. The stuff that people forgot the”little” stuff. I’m not into reading about the big names of history but of the regular everyday people who live through it. It is like when the History channel was actually good and wasn’t a channel for aliens, muscle cars and some dudes buying and selling peoples garbage🤦 Subscribed!!!

    Tales from the Toilet SeatTales from the Toilet Seat10 сарын өмнө
  • Lets say something stinks abouth the great stink

    juist weet het beterjuist weet het beter10 сарын өмнө
  • Great story that they build all of this great castles with 100 fontains but lag of toilets seemingly normal hotels with 700 rooms and just 1 toilet uhm history a great story

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  • lol..so the only way to get politicians and bureaucrats to fund needed programs is when it affects them personally. What a bunch of cretins.

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  • I would this that sometimes people don't get any recognition because you don't live in the metropolis

    James BrennanJames Brennan10 сарын өмнө
  • History should also remember James new land who did the same as basillget but in liverpool some years before in 1848

    James BrennanJames Brennan10 сарын өмнө
  • Hmmm ... the critical problem of the world is that there are far, far too many human beings. And, no, I really am not volunteering to be the first one out the door.

    Doug ThomsonDoug Thomson11 сарын өмнө
  • This speaks volumes about addressing climate change. Unless politicians are directly effected - no changes will occur.

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  • If anyone is interested and in London (or when able to travel), related things to see include the Crossness Pumping Station which managed the outfall (it's open some days, be aware it's not in the centre of town though; their website is at www.crossness.org.uk/visit.html) - there's a video about it at mnthe.info/bill/video/arGA2ISZYrCZrKo In the centre, if you're on the north side of the River walking along the Embankment from Westminster towards Charing Cross or Blackfriars, you're using Bazalgette's work - and if you use the District/Circle Tube in that section, the tunnels are also part of that work. There is statue of him in Embankment Gardens (near Charing Cross / the Savoy) - in a small park on his reclaimed land. If you're interested in other less-known engineering projects in London in roughly the same period, try the earlier Thames Tunnel, the oldest underwater tunnel in the world. It was built by Marc Brunel & his more famous son in 1825 - 1843: Brunel's tunnelling shield was later improved by Greathead, and the Greathead Shield enabled the deep Tube (all of the lines that are not cut and cover). This tunnel is still in use today, carrying London Overground trains under the River, and there is a museum near Rotherhithe station (www.thebrunelmuseum.com/). Maybe a future History Guy topic?

    Andy in EstoniaAndy in Estonia11 сарын өмнө
  • Lol at how it takes subjecting the politicians to a problem to get finding for a project that has been lobbied for by people who actually know something for years. Similar where I live, there was a major traffic bottleneck (not smelly but a major issue locally) as a result of a single lane bridge being the only connection between North and South sides of the river. When a politician visited the area, they were deliberately taken over this bridge in peak hour traffic. The bridge widening was approved almost immediately.

    Row BoatRow Boat11 сарын өмнө
  • I have heard that in antiquity, there was always one job open that anyone could earn a few pennies to buy food with. The starving could find work in the poorly designed sewers pushing the filth through the channels and out of the clogged system. This led to people actually rummaging in the muck for lost change and any items of value. One can only hope these people were lucky enough to find enough to quit this job to seek other employment.

    Bill D. in IowaBill D. in Iowa11 сарын өмнө
  • Another great job

    Derick DeeDerick DeeЖилийн өмнө
  • Initially, as THG mentioned, it only moved the problem downstream. A paddle steamer, the Princess Alice, was hit by a collier near the Crossness outflow and hundreds died, even though it was close to the shore. The thinking is that they suffocated because of all the gas coming from the sewage that had been released shortly beforehand. The idea was that sewage was released at high tide and would flow out into the sea, but it then came most of the way back when the tide turned. Just a nitpick: the bridge at 2.05 is Blackfriars.

    John SmithJohn SmithЖилийн өмнө
  • WHAT'S. THE DIFFERENCE. BETWEEN. DEMARAT'S. & SEWER. RAT'S NOTHING 🐴🐴

    Jeff AndersonJeff AndersonЖилийн өмнө
  • 1854 - The Broad Street Pump - "You know nothing John Snow" ;)

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  • Once again great video very informative. Last night i watched a fairly new movie called T-34 which is a loose movie of a true story about a group of Russian's escaping from a Nazi prison in a tank. Could you research and share the history of this story. Thank you

    stan sheldonstan sheldonЖилийн өмнө
  • The Bazalgette sewers are so large that some have been turned into walking and cycling paths like the Greenway from Stratford to Becton (north London outflow) and the Ridgeway from Woolwich to Crossness (south London). At Crossness the old pumping station is undergoing restoration by volunteers. It is a remarkable building with four huge, original beam engines (named Victoria, Prince Consort, Albert Edward and Alexandra) and fabulous wrought ironwork. Well worth checking photos on google maps etc. The Thames is now clean enough to be home to 125 species of fish and much other wildlife, including seals in winter.

    Malcolm CorbettMalcolm CorbettЖилийн өмнө
  • London is full of filth and smells.

    sneekmatrixsneekmatrixЖилийн өмнө
  • Can anyone please provide a source/image of the death dude playing the violin at 5:18

    BLM_ExceptWhenTheyMurderTheirOwn_LOLBLM_ExceptWhenTheyMurderTheirOwn_LOLЖилийн өмнө
    • Great! Thanks!

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    • commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alfred_Rethel_Der_Tod_als_W%C3%BCrger.jpg

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedЖилийн өмнө
  • literally think that people of the past in populated areas are riddled with stupidity...You poop in the water you drink...how the hell?? a damn half brained caveman lizard knows not to drink its poop water....but Londoners of the 1800s...drinkin' that shit right up! I'm like 1 story away from deciding when people are packed together in cities they literally become the stupidest creatures to live on earth....probably why they all vote democrat...

    Half Insane Outdoor GuyHalf Insane Outdoor GuyЖилийн өмнө
  • I'm a wastewater treatment plant operator. I found this very interesting.

    Brisco LlamaBrisco LlamaЖилийн өмнө
  • I’ll bet all of that pollution in the 1850’s caused climate change.

    James PoteatJames PoteatЖилийн өмнө
  • Now London is full of Muslims

    James PoteatJames PoteatЖилийн өмнө
  • B.C.E!?! I still say before Christ.

    James PoteatJames PoteatЖилийн өмнө
  • So... what you are saying is that the Thames was a river of shit?

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  • Oh the dangers of touching this channel... "I will just watch one video, 2 tops..." Two hours later... :D

    Marek TučanMarek TučanЖилийн өмнө
  • where is the 'third world' ?

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  • Why did I wait until breakfast to watch this video? I can't pause it

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  • It got so bad that Jack the Ripper left London in the 1890s and carried his trade to Cleveland in the 1930s.

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