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Clerkenwell 1865

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Clerkenwell, St James & St John]

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Sanitary Improvements. The following important
Sanitary Improvements were carried out during the year:—186
feet of 9-inch pipe-sewer were laid down; 5 sewers were repaired,
and 46 cleansed; 9 new gullies were constructed, 4 trapped, 12
repaired, and 241 cleansed; 32 house drains were laid down:
37 houses were drained; 27 cesspools were destroyed, filled up,
and waterclosets substituted for them; 157 loads of soil were
removed from the sewers and gullies; and 2 new urinals erected,
1 on Clerken well Green, and 1 at the junction of the Pentonville
and King's Cross Roads.

The subjoined Table exhibits the meteorology of the year:—

1865Temperature, meanDifference from mean of 94 yearsDew PointHumidity (Saturation=100)Height of BarometerRain, in inchesDifference from average of 48 years
Winter Quarter (Jan., Feb., March)36.5—2.031.88529.616.1+1.2
Spring Quarter (April, May, June)
Summer Quarter (July, Aug., Sept.)62.5+3.054.57629.866.5-0.9
Autumn Quarter (Oct., Nov., Dec.)64.0+ 2.342.68829.739.2+2.1
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This Table shows the peculiarities of the seasons, viz.: that
the winter was colder than the average, the spring, summer and
autumn being warmer; and that the rain-fall was above that of
the average.
I have the honour to remain,
Your obedient Servant,
December, 1866. J. W. GRIFFITH, M.D.

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