New Road Waterworks, Barking, London

New Road Waterworks, Barking, London
Photograph taken September 1896 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: BL 13838/12

The workforce pose with shovels and picks beside a wooden tower at the New Road Waterworks in Dagenham. 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.

Location

Greater London Barking

Period

Victorian (1837 - 1901)

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work building construction men tool water sanitation health victorian (1837 - 1901)