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The Sewer Swine are a colony of feral hogs that is said to have inhabited the sewers of Hampstead London back during the 1800s. The Sewer Swine, while having stories as early as the 1700s, became popularized thanks to journalist Henry Mayhew in his book series London Labour and the London Poor (1851).

The Legend[]

According to the original legend, a pregnant female sow had stumbled into the subterranean sewer systems of Hampstead, London. As she sustained herself on garbage and sewage, she gave birth to a litter of piglets within the maze-like sewer. These piglets grew into monstrous black boars due to both inbreeding and the light-starved state of the sewer systems.

Those that venture into the sewers claim to have to watch out for groups of Sewer Swine, which will charge out from the darkness to attack them if they venture too close, to the point that they would sometimes arm themselves in case of an encounter.

In 1736, a story of a pig escaping a local butcher through the sewers began to circulate. After escaping the butcher's knife, the pig supposedly survived up to five months within the sewer, before escaping through the Fleet Ditch.

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