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St Giles (Camberwell) 1857

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Camberwell]

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possible, will be sufficient to keep it in proper condition. The
raising of the heavy deposit was conducted Avith all possible
precaution, and was promptly carted away to prevent annoyance
to the inhabitants, and I believe without any complaints
having been made by them during the progress of the work.
The length of Sewers under the control of the Yestry, and
to which the supervision of your officers is directed, is as
follows:—
HIGH LEVEL.
LOW LEVEL.
Open Sewers
9 Miles.
Brick Sewers
2 Miles
Brick
12 „
Pipe
1 "
Pipe
4¼ „
25¼ „
3 n
Total—High Level
Low Level
3
28¼ „
DEFECTIVE HIGH LEVEL SEWERS.
In many parts of tbe Parish the ancient water courses,
which had by piece-meal been arched over, have by the construction
of deeper lines of Sewer become superflous. I have
adopted it as a general rule in all such cases, where practicable,
to abolish these stagnant Sewers, which in many instances
are found to be the source of much hidden evil, and injury to
the adjacent property. A Sewer of this description in the
Peckham High Street, running in part of its course directly
under the shops has been recently filled up and abolished, and


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