Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Finsbury Borough]
These contraventions were remedied and it was not found
necessary to take legal proceedings.
The following table gives statistics relating to the inspection of canal boats for the past 6 years:—
|Year.||Boats Inspected||Persons found on boats||Total||Registered for.|
Of the 91 Canal Boats inspected, 40 were occupied by men only,
16 by men and women and 35 by men, women and children.
The number of children on the boats was 64, of which 34
were of school age and 30 were under school age. The children
accompanying their parents on the boats appeared to be well
No case of infectious disease was notified or discovered on
the canal boats, therefore isolation of patients and detention of
boats has not been necessary.
The inspection of canal boats is part of the duty of the sanitary
inspector whose district includes that part of the Borough in which
the canal is situated.
There are seven underground public conveniences in the
Borough under the control of the Borough Engineer and Surveyor.
They are visited regularly every month by the sanitary inspectors,
the lady inspector visiting the women's side.
Any special matters are brought to the notice of the Health
In addition there are ten urinals.