Stoneware gutter trap, England, 1850-1865

1850-1865 in England

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Mid 19th century stoneware gutter trap Graduated grey background.
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Mid 19th century stoneware gutter trap

A gutter trap is used to stop debris such as leaves and rubbish clogging and blocking up drains and gutters. Blocked drains are foul-smelling and at a time when diseases were believed to be carried in poisonous vapours – so-called miasmas – they were considered a public nuisance and potential health risk.


Public Health & Hygiene
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ceramic, complete, iron and stoneware (glazed)
gutter trap

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