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The Lambeth Cholera Outbreak of 1848-1849: The Setting, Causes, Course and Aftermath of an Epidemic in London, Amanda J. Thomas, McFarland & Co. Inc., 2009.

In this major new work on the history of London, Amanda Thomas brings together a unique range of sources to reveal a forgotten episode. Situated opposite Westminster on the south bank of the River Thames, by 1848 Lambeth’s waterfront had become London’s industrial centre and a magnet to migrant workers. The book exposes the suffering of the working population in the face of apathy and ineptitude, and convincingly challenges the long-standing belief that London's numerous cholera outbreaks beginning in 1832 were unrelated. The work combines recent scientific research with first-hand accounts to show for the first time that in the nineteenth century cholera was very probably endemic in the River Thames. The Lambeth Cholera Outbreak of 1848-1849 includes a day- by-day account of the epidemic, citing individual cases which could help solve many family historians’ brick walls.  The work also explores the close relationship between Lambeth and Rochester and how this influenced migration in the early years of the industrial revolution.