"To where Fleet-ditch with disemboguing streams
Rolls the large tribute of dead dogs to Thames,
The King of Dykes ! Than whom no sluice of mud,
With deeper sable blots the silver flood.
'Here strip, my children ! Here at once leap in,
Here prove who best can dash through thick and thin,
And the most in love of dirt excel
Or dark dexterity of groping well."
-- Alexander Pope (Dunciad)
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All aspects of Victorian London are explored in this series. It was a period of great vibrancy, fed by an overwhelming sense of achievement as Britain led the Industrial Revolution and established her Empire. But it was also a period of great destitution and hardship on the streets of London.