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Lewisham 1903

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Lewisham]

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Sydenham and Forest Hill.
Dwellings at a rental of 4s. to 7s. 6d. per week (inclusive).
Houses. Flats. Total.
137 427 564
Dwellings at a rental of 8s. to 10s. 6d. per week (inclusive).
1942 314 2256
Dwellings at a rental of lis. to 14s. per week (inclusive).
949 — 949
Totals 3028 741 3769
Note—If houses with rentals of 12s. 6d. to 14s. per week
(inclusive) are excluded from the return, a total of 3,533
dwellings with rentals of 12s. per week and under, remains.
Note—Separate houses or flats are included in the term " dwellings."
"It would appear from the foregoing figures that the
labouring classes pay an average rental of 8s. per week, and
mechanics 10s. 6d. or lis.
"Considering the population of the three divisions of the
Borough, estimated in 1902, showing Lee, 18,925; Lewisham,
69,672, and Sydenham and Forest Hill, 43,835, it would appear
that the number of houses occupied by the working classes is
proportionately greater in the Sydenham and Forest Hill
Sanitary Condition of Houses.—" The Sanitary condition
of the houses occupied by the working classes is on the
whole satisfactory. They require however, frequent inspection.
Slums and Old Properties.—" Taking the Borough as a
whole, it has less of this property than any other district in
London. I have prepared a map outlining the worst property.