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Holborn 1919

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Holborn, Metropolitan Borough]

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St. Giles and Bloomsbury.

Situation of Common Lodging House.Authorised No. of Lodgers.Sex of Lodgers.Situation of Common Lodging House.Authorised No. of Lodgers.Sex of Lodgers.
6, Better ten Street83M1-7, Macklin Street96M
2, Kennedy Court8W19, do.40W
3. do.10W21, do.26w
4, do.19WParker Street Municipal345M
5, do.8W7, 9, and 11, Shorts )311M
6, do.8wGardens, and
7, do.9w3, Neal's Yard )
8, do.34w6 and 7, Wild Court63M
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Holborn District.

Situation of Common Lodging House.Authorised No. of Lodgers.Sex of Lodgers.Situation of Common Lodging House.Authorised No. of Lodgers.Sex of Lodgers.
40, Eagle Street50M12 and 13, Took's Court110M
* 4, Greville Street53M
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*No. 4, Greville Street, is now closed.
These are principally under the supervision of the London County Council.
NATIONAL RAT CAMPAIGN.
With a view to inaugurating an effective campaign throughout the country,
it was suggested by the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, that "Rat Weeks"
should be arranged in the district of every Local Authority, namely, October 20th
to 27th 1919, 29th December, 1919 to January 3rd, 1920 and February 23rd to
March 1st, 1920.
The matter received my careful attention and "Rat Weeks" were accordingly
arranged in this Borough for each of those weeks. The premises where the rats
had not been completely exterminated, also received attention during the intervals.
Prior to the first rat week, a very large number of restaurant and other premises
known to harbour rats were inspected and directions given for steps to be taken
for the extermination of the rats.
In the majority of cases the rats have been exterminated, or their numbers
very much reduced. The work required a very large number of inspections and
re-inspections and the work is still being continued.
The Rats and Mice (Destruction) Act 1919 came into operation on the 1st day
of January 1920 and the Council authorised the Medical Officer of Health and the
sanitary inspectors to enforce the Act in the Borough.


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