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Mile End 1875

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hamlet of Mile End Old Town]

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Watering.
During the year the water-carts and wagons were
employed 106 days, at a cost of £887 7s. 6d. for horses
and drivers, and of £363 15s. 9d. for 8,861,000 gallons
of water, supplied by the East London Water Company.
Footpaths.
No important paving works have been executed
during the year, but 5080 feet of 2½-inch and 5175
feet of 2-inch, have been used, the cost of which was
£281 8s. 4d. Experience has now shewn the value of
asphalte footpaths for the main thoroughfares of this
Hamlet; that laid three years ago in the Mile End
Road, has shewn the concrete through in places, and
the Company who laid it have made it good, but I am
satisfied that half an inch of asphalte is useless as a
permanent footpath in the main thoroughfares of this
Hamlet. The piece of footway laid with powdered rock
asphalte appears to stand better than that laid in a
mastic state.
Tramways.
The condition of the Mile End Road, which was the
first tramway laid in London, still continues in a bad
state of repair, It is made with flat rails laid on sleepers,
fastened only by spikes driven through holes in the
grooves, the heads of which rapidly cut off with the
traffic.
Lighting.
The lighting of this Hamlet is done by the Commercial
Gas Company, who light 824 lamps. The cost
for the year has been £3,559 18s. 8d.
Sewers.
During the year 560 run of 12-inch pipe sewer have
been laid by you and 113 house drains have been connected
with the sewers under your control.
I am, Gentlemen,
Your obedient Servant,
J. M. KNIGHT, Surveyor.

U npaved C arriageways.

The following list will shew the quantity of material used upon each principal thoroughfare in the Hamlet, for the year ending March 25th, 1876:—

Gravel Yards.Granite Yards.Gravel Yards.Granite Yards.
Alderney-road51Jamaica-street52
Arbour-street, E.81John's-place5
Assembly-passage4King John-street2
Arbour-street, W62Litchfield-road71
Ann-street5Longnor-road3
Antill-road6Mile End-road (The Waste)87
Burdett-road13
Bow Common-lane785Morgan-street3
Baker-street68Maplin-street122
Bedford-street273Nicholas-street105
Bancroft-road827New-street42
Bridge-street, E312New-road4
Back-alley12Oxford-street30
College-street37Philpot-street513
Canal-road693Patterson street4
Cannon-place6Queen-street5
Clark-street49Rhodeswell-road84
Charles-street37Rutland-street26
Carlton-road5Robert-street6
Cottage-grove32Railway-placei4
Copperfield-road6Raven-row43
Devonshire-street157St. Peter's-road5
Diamond-row3Stepney-green16284
Dempsey-street4Sidney-street642
Diggon-street3St. Paul's-road15143
Ernest-street182Smith-street5
Exmouth-street13South-grove141
Emmott-street35St. Dunstan's-road3
Gloucestor-street18Silas-street18
Grafton-street3Tredegar-square1061
Grosvenor-street6Thomas-road42
Henry-street16Turner-street27
Hayfield-passage13Turner's-road149
High-street, Stepney3William-street166
Hannibal-road33Washington-street30
Hawkins-street68Wellesley-street42
Jubilee-street3Woodison-street27
John-street24York-street42
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