Lichfield Civic Society Talk – The Story of clean water in the industrial Revolution

For most of us, running a tap to pour clean drinking water is nothing special. We take it for granted. Drinking water and effective sanitation now form part of the fabric of modern day Britain. However this has not always been the case.

Cholera had a massive impact on the Black Country, a centre of the industrial revolution. In Bilston, there were no families who had not been touched. Between August and September 1832, the death toll had reached 742; almost 20% of the population; the burial grounds had to close because they were full.

David Moore will talk about how Lichfield provided the solution with the establishment of the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company. Sited near to the railway at Sandfields, the building housed a magnificent 190 horse power Cornish beam engine built by Jonah and George Davies of Tipton….

Thursday 24 July 2014 @ 7:30pm

Lichfield Heritage Centre
Market Square
WS13 6LG

About Morturn

Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker Retired construction professional with a passion for public, social and industrial history. I believe in equality, dignity and integrity for all. Don’t like people who try to belittle the ambitions of others. I am of the opinion that my now life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
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