In a time before proper sewage systems it was common for poor folk to head down to the Thames where human Excrement and other filth would be washed down. You would see them at low tide, hunting for jewellery and other valuables that had been deposited into London’s sewers. These they would sell, to earn coin to make a living on. Some of the best ones could grow quite rich at what they found and sold on. Still, imagine the smell

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