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St Mary (Battersea) 1890

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Battersea]

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Population. The population, estimated on the method pursued
by the Registrar-General, viz.—that the rate of increase in the
last decade has been maintained during the year 1889, would be
76,189. Knowing that the birth rate has fully maintained its high
standard, the above estimate is not at all excessive, and when
the Census which will be taken next year is revealed I believe
it will be found that we are rather below than above the actual
numbers. At the same time it is scarcely possible to prophecy
with any degree of accuracy.
Births. The Births returned as registered in this District
was 2,750, of which 1,378 were males and 1,372 females, these
numbers are 202 more than those of the preceding year, and
this notwithstanding all births taking place in the Workhouse
are now registered in Wandsworth Parish.

The return for each quarter was as follows:—

1st Quarter2nd Quarter3rd Quarter4th Quarter

Birth Rate. The Birth rate, presuming that the population has
increased at the same ratio as in the decade of the last Census,
is 36.1 per 1,000 of the inhabitants, that of the Metropolis being
30.3, the latter being the lowest ever recorded in London, which
as the Registrar-General remarks has been continuously falling
since 1876. This remark, however, does not apply to this
District, for on looking back to 1880 I find the number of births
was 1,838, and for the past year 2,750, so that in the place of
decreasing there has been a steady and continuous increase.