The Story of Chester (England)

The Story of Chester (England)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...flags" for many years. Wet days were disagreeable, for the umbrella was then unknown, and bright days from the dust in the streets, so often foul, unswept, and covered with accumulated filth, often enough thrown from the windows of adjoining houses, were equally unpleasant. But notwithstanding the imperfect sanitary conditions which were a cause of serious epidemics, the City never lost its attractiveness. Mr. Boswell writing to Dr. Johnson in 1779 said, " Chester pleases me more than any town I ever saw," and in another letter he remarks, "I was quite enchanted at Chester so that I could with difficulty quit it." Exhibitions and shows, in spite of these sanitary Old Street Oil l-=m-defects, often took place in the streets. It was at Chester (1780) that Bisset died, he was a wonderful trainer of animals, birds and fish. for felons and debtors, was visited by the philanthropist John Howard. He found a very shocking state of affairs, and abominations of the worst kind. There was little or no care for the prisoners' comfort and the unconvicted were seldom accorded any better privilege than the convicted. The cells, ranged on one side of a subterraneous dungeon-like corridor, were small (seven feet and a half by three and a half), 184 Dungeons 0' the Castle. A Prison Cell, 18th Century. (Cballlnon) noisome, evil-smelling, and badly lighted and ventilated, without sanitary convenience, and often with nothing to contribute to warmth beyond a few rushes on the floor. When the accommodation became limited because of any large increase in the number of prisoners, it was no uncommon thing for males and females to be herded together, and it was very seldom that one prisoner had a cell to himself. Howard said...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236927958
  • 9781236927958