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Lisbon buildings are slum buildings in Poplar, London. The midwives are often called to the scene to delver babies in appalling conditions and have been since the beginning of the show.

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Lisbon buildings is known as the epitome of East London squalor, they had been active since the days Sister Monica Joan was able to practice midwifery and before, she describes it as “a byword for filth”. The water often goes off regularly, according to the nurses every resident of Lisbon buildings is on the list to be rehoused but the trouble was that they weren’t building tower blocks quick enough and so the residents stayed there for a long time. While the place had been mentioned numerous times since the beginning of the series it doesn’t get an episode as the focus until Series 10. The buildings itself are one of the few east end slums not yet demolished by the late 1960s, the building itself is described as rotting from the foundation, there was fungi the size of cauliflowers and there were some flats where mould and wall patterns where indistinguishable, in those walls bugs lived and rot oozed out into the flats, the flats themselves where as inhabited by rats as much as people. The owners of the place where the Aylward family who began reaping the benefits of numerous properties when Queen Victoria had only just entered her 40 years of mourning and five monarchs later the Victorian housing was no different. Matthew Aylward who struck a friendship with Trixie Franklin agreed to make changes and improve the lives of the tenants. Lisbon buildings is seen again in Series 12 and the conditions are far better for the tenants as Matthew promised.

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