Causing a stink

The junction of Southwick Hill Road and London Road, Cosham, with a tram passing over the  bridge. Not a traffic light to be seen. Picture: GA Tucker

NOSTALGIA: Cyclist v tram in 1930s Portsmouth hill climb

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On this day in 1707 Portsmouth magistrates called on Thomas Appleford to stop melting tallow in his outhouse ‘for it caused such a nauseous stink that it is very prejudiciall and hurtfull to the neighbours inhabiteing the houses adjacent’.

The cleanliness and smell of the old town was a constant concern as these extracts from the early 18th century illustrate:

‘...the Dung laying just without the Land Port Gate, and at the end of Leek Lane, is a great Nuisance. We present as a very intolerable nusance the noisome stench arising from the Filth of the Hogs kept by Sir Thomas Ridge at his brewhouse near Coldharbour.

‘We present John Cobb and John Valeur for...casting Ordure on the Poynt Beach and carrying the same in such laky and unsound Carriages as to skatter the same in passing the Streets...

‘...the Emptying of the Boghouse in James’s Court in this Burrough into a hole there lately dug not sufficient to containe the excrements put into it whereby it run over and was washed downe the gutter of Warblington a common nusance’ – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.