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Hanover Square 1866

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

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drainage in the front areas obstructed, and the bakehouse of
No. 25 flooded with offensive water. The obstruction has
been removed.
Betts's Slaughter-house, Kinnerton-street.—Mr. Betts,
having lost his license for slaughtering at the Petty Sessions,
held at Mount-street on October 13th, 1865, on the grounds
of negligence in the removal of the offal after a caution given
to him, appealed against the decision of the magistrates at the
Session House, Westminster, on January 20th, 1866, when,
after hearing the evidence, the assistant-judge, Mr. Bodkin,
said, that such a large question as was involved in the
abolition of all slaughter-houses within the Metropolitan area
ought to be dealt with by the Legislature, or, at all events,
upon a different principle than the justices below had taken
of granting a license in one instance and refusing it in another,
where the premises actually adjoined. The practice of bringing
large droves of cattle into one street and selecting those
for Mr. Betts from others belonging to neighbouring butchers
was so objectionable, that if it were continued, and the license
refused next year, this court would confirm the decision,
because they could not believe that it was done without the
knowledge and sanction of Mr. Betts. They hope the appellant
would take proper steps to suppress the nuisance,
and with this caution the license would be granted. Appeal
allowed, and license granted.
Nos. 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9, Eaton Cottages, Westbournestreet.—The
passage staircase of each house, with the rooms of
No. 8 and the ceiling of the front bedroom at No. 9 have
been cleansed ; the roofs of Nos. 5 and 9 have been repaired.
Nos. 5 to 7, Robert's-buildings, Ebury-square.—The yards
were flooded with sewage, which has been removed and the
drains cleansed.
Eaton-lane North, Belgravia.—Twenty-two houses were
found to be in a very unsanitary condition. Ten of them