East London Water Works, New Road, Barking, Greater London

East London Water Works, New Road, Barking, Greater London
Photograph taken September 1896 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: bl13838_011

The New Road Waterworks in Barking during construction. Polluted water from the Thames caused many outbreaks of disease, especially cholera. The Metropolitan water Act of 1852 tackled some of the problems of the water supply, but it took until the end of the century before the necessary changes were fully implemented.