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Finsbury 1960

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Finsbury Borough]

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SECTION A

PHYSICAL FEATURES AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS

GENERAL
Area of the Borough (acres)587
Population 1951 census35,370
Population Density60
Rateable Value (31.3.60)£2,834,927
Product of a penny rate (1959/60)£11,234
General rate (1959/1960)17/-
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Finsbury, one of London's 28 Metropolitan Boroughs, is situated
in Central London
The Borough as a whole is built up and congested and possesses
very few open spaces, all of which are small in size.
A large part of the Borough, particularly in the South East, is
essentially industrial and the day population of the Borough has been
estimated as between 150,000 and 200,000
The industries accommodated are very varied and include, besides
the clock and watch trade which has been associated with Clerkenwell
for many years, the scientific and optical instrument making, jewellery,
printing and clothing trades.
The residential parts of the Borough are mainly working class in
character-
During the late war Pinsbury suffered the loss of many factories,
warehouses, and offices, especially in the Eastern part of the Borough
and there still exist many bombed sites Residential property also
suffered considerable damage.
The rateable value has steadily increased since 1951 when it was
£956,228 consequent on rebuilding of war damaged properties and of
devastated areas A feature of post war development has been the
erection of large blocks of modern flats
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