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City of London 1921

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London, City of ]

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Disinfectants are also freely applied where desirable
The condition of the approaches to Billingsgate Market and the Customs
House as heretofore required special attention There has always been a difficulty
in keeping the thoroughfares in the immediate vicinity of these places free
from the nuisance caused by the drippings from the fish carts especially during
hot weather
LIMEWASHING OF COURTS—There are 89 courts and narrow passages
situated in various parts of the City the walls of which unless cleansed frequently
become dirty and unsightly through the constant traffic of passengers or vehicles
together with the action of the smokeladen atmosphere These are cleansed or
limewashed twice a year under the direction of the City Engineer Of the places
so dealt with during 1921 24 were situated in the East District 33 in the Middle
District and 32 in the West District
REMOVAL OF HUMAN REMAINS
184 FLEET STREET
During the year only one instance of the disturbance of human remains in
the City has been brought to my notice; the following is a brief summary of the
facts relating thereto:—
In the course of excavation in connection with the construction of new drains
a small quantity of human remains were unearthed The bones were quite dry
and not in an offensive condition They bore evidence of having been previously
disturbed They were reinterred with due decency on the site
FLY NUISANCE
The prolonged drought experienced during the summer of this year together
with the unusual heat resulted in the nuisance from flies being more pronounced
than ever
Every effort was made by your officers to impress on householders in the City
the necessity for the observance of such precautions as cleanliness frequent removal
of house and other refuse and the prevention of access of flies to foodstuffs
especially milk
Leaflets were also distributed throughout the City directing attention to the
danger created by the fly and enlarging on the precautionary measures which should
be taken in order to minimise the nuisance and danger so far as possible
FACTORY AND WORKSHOP ACT 1901 &c
FACTORIES WORKSHOPS AND WORKPLACES—The premises upon the
Register number 3652 in which are included 7785 workrooms &c
There were served 2139 notices during the year for various purposes under the
Acts

The number of Factories Workshops and Workplaces at present Registered is as follows:—

Registered PlacesWorkrooms &c in Registered Place
FACTORIES8943,340
WORKSHOPS1,8082,800
WORKPLACES
Kitchens of Restaurants Tea Rooms &c7891,274
Stables2556
Other places136315
3,6527,785
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The following is a Summary of Inspections of separate workrooms &c during the year:—

Workshop InspectorsWomen InspectorsTotals
FACTORIES195621958
WORKSHOPS1958-1958
WORKPLACES979381017
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