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 Lewisham]
"Lee.—The streets known as Butterfield Street, Summerfield
Street and Ronver Road do not bear a good reputation,
although the houses are in a fair condition structurally. A small
area formed by Boones Road, Church Street, Boone Street, Dacre
Street and Royal Oak Place, consists of old houses which are
closely crowded together, and although not satisfactory, are not
bad enough to be dealt with by a scheme under Part I of the
Housing of the Working Classes Act. This area requires
"Blackheath.—The worst properties are in Collins Street,
Lethbridge Road, Sparta Street, Paragon Road, Bath Place,
Brigade Street, Queen Street, Merton Place, Munroe Cottages,
Essex Place, and Regent Street.
In Lewisham a small block of property, probably the worst
in the Borough, consists of Porson Street, Vian Street, Elmira
Street, Shrubbery Road, Mill Road, Avenue Square, Engate
Street, Romer Place, Hope Yard, Mount Place, Smiths Cottages,
Dunsley Cottages, Patrick's Cottages, and Ward's Cottages.
This old property receives frequent inspection and attention.
"Lady well Park—In this road the houses are occupied by
the poorest class of tenants, and many houses are registered as
"houses let in lodgings," and are visited weekly. Other old
properties are Ladywell Terrace, Nightingale Grove, Maybank
Cottages and Maythorn Cottages.
"In Catford parts of Doggett Road, Willow Walk, Wildfell
Road, Sangley Road, Glenfarg Road, Sandhurst Road, Killearn
Road, Morena Street and Scrooby Street are made undesirable
and insanitary by the tenants. Frequent inspections are made,
and notices served to remedy dirty premises.
"Lower Sydenham—Kirtley Road, Portbcawe Road,