City slums


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    In the new industrial cities, the poor were housed in unhygenic and overcrowded slums. Miles of terraced cottages were built cheaply, with few facilities. Water came from a stand pipe in the neighbourhood, which flowed only a few hours in a week. There might be a toilet in a yard serving a group of families. When it overflowed, landlords often turned a blind eye, and the yard filled with sewage. Disease was common. Rows of ‘back‐to-back’ houses were built, with with light and air coming only through the front windows and door. No wonder that there were frequent fights among neighbours. This photograph shows the tenements of Glasgow in 1868, some of the most squalid slums in Britain.


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