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St Pancras 1904

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for St. Pancras, London, Borough of]

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The following is the record relating to registered tenement houses:—
On Register at end of 1903 1,814
Registered during 1904 188
Total 2,002
Ceased to be tenement houses 1904 2
On Register at end of 1904 2,000
(c) Underground Dwellings.— At the end of the year there was on the Register
576 underground rooms which had been illegally occupied as dwellings, and
had been ordered to be closed, and of which 158 inspections had been made, and
1,116 re-inspections after notices served. The large number of re-inspections
were due to the time allowed to the occupants of these rooms to find rooms
elsewhere, and during the two to four months allowed the illegally o cupied
rooms were kept under observation, and the number vacated or otherwise
occupied were ascertained and reported. The houses in which these dwellings
were found were added to the register of registered tenement houses.
(d) Common Lodging Houses.— There are 25 Registered Common Lodging
Houses in St. Pancras, and these are supervised by the London County
Council, including the one Salvation Army Shelter in South St. Pancras.
Rowton Houses are not so registered; of these there are in St. Pancras one at
the southern end of King's Cross Road, and another, the building of which
is nearly completed, at the northern end of Arlington Road in West St. Pancras.
(e) Canal Boat Dwellings.— During the year 135 visits of inspection were
paid to the 31 wharves on the Regent's Canal. On one occasion a girl over
age was found living with her parents in the after cabin, and notice was served
upon the owners to comply with the Regulations.
(f) Working-Class Flats.— A list of the principal of these and the accommodation
provided will be found in the Appendix to this Report.
The East End Dwellings Company have erected working-class flats on the
site of Peace Cottages and Speedy Place in Tollbridge Street and Cromer
Street, known as Tonbridye Houses, where about 330 persons were displaced,
and accommodation lias been provided for about 450 persons.
Goldington Buildings, the working class flats erected by the Borough
Council on the vacant site at the south end of Great College Street, N.W,
adjoining the Royal Veterinary College, and opposite the Town Hall, were
completed and opened in June last. The area of the site is 15,576 superficial
feet. The area covered by buildings is 6,949 superficial feet, and the cubic
capacity of the buildings is 405,123 cubic feet. A portion of the site is laid
out as an open court yard, having an area of 8,527 superficial feet. The
building is horse shoe in shape, and has a frontage length of 31 li feet. The
buildings consist of 5 blocks, of which 4 contain 12 dwellings each, and the
remaining block 8 dwellings, making a total of 56 dwellings, with 166 rooms.
The number of persons that can be housed is 332 (which is ten more than
required by the Order). The contract for the building was £17,778 lis. 5d ,
the cost per room £107 2s., and the cost per cubic foot l0½d. The domestic