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In December 1818, Tom Keats, the youngest of the three Keats brothers, died at number 1 Well Walk. In the final stages of his consumption, Tom was nursed by his elder brother, the poet John Keats. Listen to find out more about how Keats undertook his responsibilities as Tom’s sole carer.
On 1st October 1815, John Keats enrolled at Guy’s Hospital to undertake his medical training. Though he did well at Guy’s, Keats eventually gave up his studies to become a poet. Listen to find out more about Keats’s time spent training in the medical profession, including details about some of his more grisly duties.
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Smithfield livestock market
Before Smithfield sold meat, it sold live animals and lots of them – thousands of cattle, sheep and pigs every single week – all of which had to be driven on-the-hoof through the streets of the world’s busiest city. The trade was worth a fortune but wreaked havoc.