Dung, guts, and blood in gutters of London

1711 CELondon

"Sweepings from butchers’ stalls, dung, guts, and blood, Drowned puppies, stinking sprats, all drenched in mud, Dead cats, and turnip tops, come tumbling down the flood."

Jonathon Swift, "A Description of a City Shower," Poetry Foundation, 1710.

Image: Woollett, William. To the King's most excellent majesty, this view of the royal dock yard at Deptford ... / painted by R. Paton, the figures by J. Mortimer ; engraved by W. Woollett. England London, 1775. London. Photograph.