What did Watts see, and how did she see it?

The purpose is to look and think about the town as Watts saw and experienced it.  This is not about the Victorian City; not about Dickens or Dore, Carlyle or Engels. It is not about the literary descriptions of the mid-C19th and late-C19th, nor the much later works of social measurement led by Charles Booth in London.

Watts saw the town as continuity and development.  Urban and industrial expansion had barely begun; the enlightenment expectations of towns and cities as representing prosperity and advancement had yet to be challenged.

The guidebook is written before the rise of romanticism as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution; Watts marvels at the arrival of the ‘water-roads’.  Watts had a very different way of thinking about her present and her past.  How do we think about the past today?