Wyn2joy Posted February 10, 2010 Report Share Posted February 10, 2010 Another interesting fact is that manure was a major canal traffic - nightsoil and street sweepings from the days before sewers and of horse transport. Around 1890, some 150,000 tons were carried out of Liverpool annually, and used to fertilise the agricultural lands around Burscough. The traffic continued until after the Second World War as Bootle still had a good number of houses which were not connected to mains drainage, with the ships importing cattle from America adding to the cargoes. In the days of sail, the cattle boats would be cleaned, the holds lined, and emigrants carried on the return voyage. No wonder many became sick! There's a more complete description of the delights of the traffic in Liverpool and Its Canal. In the 18th and 19th centuries there were them what surived by gathering dog poo and other such deposits off the streets to sell to the tanners. They called it "pure" and it was spread on hides to help along the process from skin to leather. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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