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London in the Later Middle AgesGovernment and People 1200-1500$
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Caroline M. Barron

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257775.001.0001

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The Urban Environment

The Urban Environment

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(p.237) chapter ten The Urban Environment
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London in the Later Middle Ages
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257775.003.10

This chapter examines the effectiveness of civic attempts to regulate and improve the urban environment against a background of population change and epidemic plague. The maintenance of communal buildings such as the walls, the implementation of building regulations, and the attempts to preserve green spaces and control livestock and industrial activities are all examined. By communal and charitable efforts the citizens were able to ensure a piped supply of fresh water. The chapter demonstrates the Londoners' concern to ensure that their city was clean and healthy.

Keywords:   environment, population, plague, walls, fresh water

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