The air we breathe

Pollution and weather conditions combined to create the London Great Smog of 1952 – perhaps a forewarning of what was to come…

Outset Publishing

When we think of city smog, we might think of the days when the new Victorian factories choked city air with thick smoke. Many times during the 1800s in the East End of London, in particular, it was barely possible to see from one side of the street to the other. It was hard to breathe and people died from the damage the polluted air caused to their lungs.

The two large steam coaches are named “The Infernal Defiance — From Yarmouth to London” and “The Dreadful Vengeance — Colchester, London”. On the rear of the coach in front is a banner proclaiming “Warranted free from Damp”, the small delivery wagon has “Bread served Hot” on its side, and the service station proclaims “Coals Sold Here: only 4s. 6d. per Pound(?)” As documented in Paul Johnson’s book The Birth of the Modern, the early British railroad companies used their…

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Published by Isabella Muir

Isabella is passionate about exploring family life from the 1930s through to the 1960s. She has published five Sussex Crime mystery novels set during the 1960s, a standalone novel dealing with the child migrant policy of the 1950s and 60s, several novellas set during the Second World War, and two short story collections. All available in paperback from your local bookshops, or online as ebooks. Her novels are also available as audiobooks, and have been translated into Italian.

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