The Great Stink
with a Blue Badge Guide
Thursday 15th August 2019
£55.00 All seats
Although the Romans introduced indoor plumbing in their villas, until a couple of hundred years ago Londoners were still throwing the contents of their chamber pots out of the window! In 1858 the long hot summer turned into The Great Stink with the Thames little more than an open sewer. This was the reason behind one of most remarkable feats of civil engineering ever seen, designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette – London’s network of sewers. We meet our Blue Badge Guide for coffee before embarking on the story of spending a penny. See how Bazalgette changed the banks of the Thames aboard a pleasure cruiser as you sail down to Greenwich. You will re-board the coach here and then head past Woolwich to Thames Marshes to see Bazalgette’s Cathedral of Sewage – a Grade I listed building painstakingly restored by a dedicated team of volunteers. We end the day with tea and biscuits before the journey home. Price includes morning coffee, biscuits and tea & cake in the afternoon. Lunchtime is on the cruise to Greenwich, where light snacks are available, but we suggest you bring sandwiches to enjoy on board.
The first part of the tour is on foot making the day unsuitable for those with walking difficulty.