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[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Southwark, The Vestry of the Parish of St. George the Martyr]
St. George the Martyr, Southwark.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE VESTRY.
In accordance with the Metropolis Local Management Act, the Vestry submits the
following Report for the Year ending the 25th March, 1858.
It will be found to contain an Account in Abstract, showing the Receipt and
Expenditure of the Vestry for the period above named ; and also a Summary Statement of
all Contracts entered into, and of the monies owing to, and debts and liabilities owing by
the Vestry on the above day. These Accounts have been Audited and allowed by the
Auditors elected by the Parishioners ; and from them it will be seen that the Vestry had,
at that date, a balance of Credit upon the General Purposes' Rate Account, amounting to
£122 17s. 5d.; and on the Sewers' Rate Account, a balance of Debit, amounting to
£123 8s. 11d.: thus showing a total excess on all accounts of Expenditure over Receipts
for the whole Year of Ten Shillings and Sixpence.
The expense of Lighting is a large item, incapable of diminution by the Vestry; and
on account of some parts of the Parish having never been lit under any Commission prior
to the Act which the Vestry has to carry out, this item has necessarily in this respect been
augmented. The Surveyor of Roads in his Report accordingly reminds the Vestry, that
"during the past Year the Vestry has had ten new Columns, and sixteen new Brackets,
(making together twenty-six additional lights,) put up in some of the worst localities of
the Parish." In this matter, as in all others, the Vestry has endeavoured to exercise the
greatest possible economy consistent with the public advantage.
During the Year the following Streets have been re-paved, viz.:—White Street (both
carriage-way and foot-way,) Pitt Street, Brent's Court, York Street, Potier's Place, Foxes