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St Mary (Battersea) 1890

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Battersea]

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In addition to the ordinary work of the Parish such as
slopping, watering and cleansing, 1,027 days' work has been
performed by the Vestry's horses during the year in carting
granite, flint, hoggin, hard core, &c., from the parish dep6t on to
the roads where required, and 8 days in working the horse
roller (viz., 4 horses 2 days).
For the year ending March, 1873, (prior to the Parish
purchasing their own horses) the total expenditure in horse hire
was £2565 13s. iod. for 28 miles of road cleansed and repaired,
and 14 miles watered, or an average of £91 12s. 8d. per mile,
and 21¾ horses per day.
For the past year the total expenditure for Highways and
Watering has been as follows:—
As per above statement £4,058 17 4
Total expenditure £4,058 17s. 4d. for 60 miles of roads
cleansed, repaired and watered, or an average of about £67 13s.
per mile, and 31.8 horses per day.


The steam roller has worked 208 days during the year. The cost is as follows (first year), viz :—

Wages (including cleansing and repairing)9531
Coke, wood, coal, &c.6417
Oil, packing, &c.21511
For repairing damage to fence, Surrey Lane0184
Plant in connection with the above, viz., Truck, notice boards, &c.13163
Cost of Roller36000
Add 5% depreciation on first cost of Plant (£373 16s. 3d.)18139