Sewer map of Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Date:1850 - 1860 (c.)

Description:This map shows all the drains and sewage system for Newcastle-Under-Lyme. It was commissioned by the council after a new law was passed by the Board of Health forced the council to build new drains after the cholera outbreak in 1849.
This map features the drains in Stubbs Gate, Penkhull Street, Paradise Street London Road and the Lyme Brook.

In 1849 of a population of around 10,000 more than 1,700 fell in with cholera with 234 dying of the disease. This was recorded as one of the highest rates of the disease in the country. Sadly about 150 of the victims were buried in unmarked graves. Sanitary conditions in Newcastle were poor at the time. Some houses in Market Lane had no back door or privy and the chambers pots had to be carried through the house to be emptied.

Digitisation funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Timeline

The timeline shows resources around this location over a number of years.

1830s
View of Newcastle-under-Lyme from Clayton fields
View of Newcastle-under-Lyme from Clayton fields

A drawing of a panoramic view of Newcastle from Clayton, by J. Buckler. The close ...

1900s
Outside the Spread Eagle, Newcastle under Lyme
Outside the Spread Eagle, Newcastle under Lyme

Dancers and a barrel organ outside The Spread Eagle, Penkhull Street on Hospital ...

1930s
Disinfestation of furniture taken from houses on Paradise Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Disinfestation of furniture taken from houses on Paradise Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme

This photograph shows the disinfestation of some of the furniture that moved with ...