Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Clerkenwell, St James & St John]
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|Names of Courts||No. of Houses||No. of Occupants|
|Kemp Place||4||25||9 inhabitants in No. 4.|
|Lamb Court||12||108||Since closed.|
|Lamb Square||4||67||In No. 2, 3 families; in No. 3,4 families; in No. 4, 4 families.|
|Turk's Head Yard||7||95||20 inhabitants in No. 16. Since pulled down.|
It does not follow, that because a house or court contains a
large number of occupants, it must necessarily be overcrowded.
But the Vestry are well aware that most of these courts are very
confined, and the houses and rooms veiy small, and quite unfit for
the number of occupants.
The Zymotic diseases generally, are those especially to be
considered by all engaged in sanitary improvements, not only because
they are so prevalent and fatal, but because the conditions
under which they are so, are well known, and can be to a great
The first of these is infection, which is the most common
cause of them. And in regard to this source, it is often painful to
witness, especially among the poorer classes, the thoughtless
manner in which they unnecessarily expose themselves and their
children to sources of infection. This proceeding can only be
obviated by better education upon the point; and a vestry or