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London's population was one million at the time of the first census in 1801 and it more than doubled by the second census in 1851.(i). The noisiness of London streets was a common source of complaints made by middle and upper class Londoners. The concomitant increase in use of coal as both domestic and industrial fuel resulted in the smogs for which London became notorious.

(i) Old Bailey on Line https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/static/London-life19th.jsp

 

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