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Hanover Square 1858

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hanover Square, The Vestry of the Parish of Saint George]

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of a sort which no one can imagine of without personal experience.
To have measures for the prompt removal of such matters
is of the very highest consequence to the public health. The
Metropolis Local Management Act throws on the Local Authority
the onus of providing the means of removing trade refuse, for
which the tradesman must pay a reasonable sum; and in this
case, as the contract of the Vestry with their scavengers was
quite in accordance with the Act, the difficulty was soon surmounted.
The Pumps have furnished occasion for some degree of
watching. That in Hanover Square yielded turbid water on
the 14th of June, and a pump in South Audley Street, which
yielded good water two years ago, has yielded undiluted sewage
this quarter. It is obvious that vast quantities of water pass
from the sewers and cesspools into the earth, and that the gravel
has a remarkable power of rendering it clear and bright; but an
accidental failure of its purifying power might lead to great
No. 22, Robert Street, Commercial Road Soidh.—No cover
to the ash-pit. A hole made in the back yard containing water for
ducks to swim in, which causes dampness in the kitchen and
back yard of No. 1, Robert Street, the adjoining premises.
The hole has been filled up. This street has produced much
sickness, and therefore requires careful watching as to its sanitary
condition, but it is expected that the houses will soon be
taken down.
Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, Robert Street, south side
ditto.—No ash-pits and no covers to the water butts. Ash-pits
erected and the water-butts covered.

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