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Gary Miller - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Iain Petrie - Electric Guitar, Ukuleles, Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar, Drums, Shaker, Percussion, Atmospheric Sound Effects, Backing Vocals
“If only I had been an engineer!… instead of benefitting myself and a few only, I should have added to the comfort and prosperity of mankind in general.” (John Martin)
Over a twenty-year period between 1827 and 1847, John devised and published plans for the improvement of London’s water supply, together with the disposal of sewage, rendering it available as manure.
“In consequence of the strong interest I have always felt in the improvement of the condition of the people, and the sanitary state of the country,… two-thirds of my time, and a very large portion of my pecuniary means, have, since 1827, been devoted to the objects I had at heart,… being so bent upon my object that I was determined never to abandon it; and although I have reaped no other advantage, I have, at least, the satisfaction of knowing that the agitation thus kept up, constantly, solely by myself, has resulted in a vast alteration in the quantity of water supplied by the companies, and in the establishment of a Board of Health, which will, in all probability, eventually carry out most of the objects I have been so long urging.” (John Martin, autobiography, 1849)
In response to the 'Great Stink' of 1858, and taking his inspiration directly from the pioneering work of John Martin, the great Victorian Civil Engineer Joseph Bazelgette ('The King of the Sewers'), was successful in creating a sewer network for Central London, which is still in use today.