Collecting water from the Exe

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Collecting water from the Exe

The engraving from Shapter's History of the Cholera shows water sellers filling their horse-drawn barrel with Exe water. This must have been polluted, since human and industrial waste was thrown into the river upstream.

The Old Shilhay Bridge drawn by John Gendall, engraved by R. Hart, from ‘The History of the Cholera in Exeter’ in 1832 by Thomas Shapter, p. 77 © Westcountry Studies Library, Devon Libraries