Flooding of the Thames was common in the nineteenth century. London Life recorded that "The sufferings of the poor in Lambeth and in other quarters of the Metropolis caused by the annual tidal overflow of the Thames have been so graphically described as thoroughly to arose public sympathy" This picture taken in front of a rag store owned by a Mr Rowlett suffered inundation of  the tide. He was moved to opine "As they say ,the water might be stopped if the Government would only do it" surely a sentiment shared by folk in Somerset Levels.