There is a romantic vision of the Georgian upper classes as being dressed in silks and living in decadent luxury. The reality is somewhat different. Firstly, they stank; everybody stank. There were no bathrooms: very few houses had running water. The streets were strewn with rubbish and the excrement of animals. Clothes, to get them clean and rid of lice, were washed in urine. In our Georgian hotels, we do things rather differently - but the silks and the decadence remain. Chamber pots were often emptied out of windows, and human excrement was collected by the "night men".