Slum dwelling below the city wall

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Slum dwelling below the city wall

The engraving from Shapter's History of the Cholera shows crowded tenements and pigsties around the city wall in the West Quarter. One aim of the Improvement Commissioners was to stop people keeping pigs in such areas.

Rack Close Lane drawn by John Gendall, engraved by R. Hart, from ‘The History of the Cholera in Exeter’ in 1832 by Thomas Shapter, p. 86 © Westcountry Studies Library, Devon Libraries

Acknowledgments: Westcountry Studies Library