Why Were Towns And Cities In The 19Th Century So u Essay

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Why were towns and cities in the 19th century so unhealthy? There were many reasons why towns were so unhealthy in the 19th century. These reasons include that houses were built so crowded together in narrow, terraced streets, also there was no law against houses being built properly. The start of the 19th century brought many new changes to Britain. Problems occurred in Ireland and many saw it in their interest to move to more industrialised cities and towns, here they saw new opportunities and leaped to the prospect of a more luxurious lifestyle and this in-turn contributed to the growth in Agriculture and Industry. Despite this being a good thing for Britain it also lead to the growth and over-crowding of many towns and cities. Population figures for Britain's main cities and towns increased at an alarming rate. Due to the huge increase of people flocking to industrial cities, houses called back-to-back houses had to be built small and were cramped tightly together as near as possible to the large industrial sites. In many, cities such as Liverpool, out of 160,000 only half lived in acceptable houses whilst 55,534 people were crammed in to 1,982 courts containing 10,692 houses. But this poor disgusting lifestyle was not for all, those who were successful and rich, often heads of firms, would live in the suburbs of towns and each of the decent sized houses possessed a small garden. All of these factors resulted in the shockingly young ages of death, as in Liverpool a labourer would only be expected to live to the age of 15, and other cities were hardly any better, like Manchester labourers were only expected to live to the age of 17 and even higher class people only lived a couple of years longer! Disease was spread from person to person, family to family, and house to house extremely quickly. The houses were so cramped in fact that James Smith in 1845 doing

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