In the Victorian era the national Government’s desire to improve urban health and sanitation, particularly in light of the discovery that diseases such as cholera and typhoid were spread by bad drains, ran up against local ratepayers’ resistance to meeting the costs that they were assured were necessary. This talk will explain about Axminster’s long-standing water supply; how it determined the historic shape and spread of the town; and the attritional local politics that delayed the delivery of improved drinking water and sewers. All welcome, Non Members £2.

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