An informative timeline from the Early Georgian period to Today, linking health and housing. Public health sanitation and housing design are connected to understand the development to todays standards.

1740-10-28 02:43:55

18th Century

Some larger houses have drains connected to public sewers or cesspools used for fertiliser.

1765-02-01 00:00:00

Small houses are back-to-back or through. They have no cold water, kitchen or WC.

1775-01-01 00:00:00


Alexander Cummings patents his WC.

1810-10-16 00:00:00

Concerns begin to grow about public health in slums

Stimulated by a fear among the middle classes of infectious disease spreading from the overcrowded and unsanitary working class housing into where they live.

1811-01-01 00:00:00

Wealth, health and the seaside – Brighton

It is more fashionable for polite society to live in seaside towns.

1829-01-01 00:00:00

Water filtration and reservoirs

1829-01-01 14:15:25

Chimney sweeps are banned

1831-01-01 00:38:30


Early cases of cholera in Britain contribute to developments in public health.

1839-01-29 07:24:24

Living conditions

Records of 6 people to a room, 10 people in a house.

1840-01-01 20:46:19

General life expectancy in England and Wales is 41 years old.


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