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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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were more or less dirty, in some the drains were obstructed,
the water-butts rotten, no water supply to the closets, dustpits
out of repair, water supply-pipes broken, taps to ditto out
of repair, stagnant water lying in the yards, roofs out of
repair, sinks without traps, bed clothes and bedding dirty and
offensive, and the pavement in the yards dirty. Similar
remarks will apply to the state of Rogers' and Eaton-courts.
These places will require a further special report, as they
have proved to be the worst that we have recorded. About
thirty cartloads of soil have been removed from an old
sewer, which was covered with wood, and other improvements
have been effected.
Spring Grarden-place, Belgravia.—Fourteen houses here
were either dirty or dilapidated, and in a similar state to
those previously described. The cleansing and whitewashing
have been finished.
Seventy-two observations were made during the quarter,
upon the six gases supplied by the Chartered, London, and
Equitable Companies, in Horseferry-road, Bessboroughstreet,
Cambridge-street, and 40, Parliament-street, respectively.
The gases were burned in accordance with the Metropolis
Gas Act, 1860, and the illuminating power continued above
the standard light required by the Act, except on January
24, when the common gas of the Chartered Company produced
a light equal to that of 12 sperm candles only at the
works; Mr. Trewby, the engineer, attributed this result to
the " making a connection with their outlet main from the
gas holder."

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