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Paddington 1890

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Paddington]

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In their last Report the Commissioners mentioned
that a leakage had been discovered in the Ladies'
Swimming Bath, which necessitated the closing of
that Bath. This increased to such an extent that the
Commissioners had to call on the Architects for a report,
and they suggested "the laying of a drain just above the
level of the area on the Commissioners' side of the wall,
and beneath the concrete of the Bath." This, however,
had no effect, and the Commissioners therefore determined
themselves to take the matter in hand. On taking up a
part of the Bath it was found that when the same was
enlarged in 1874 the screeds had been left in, and had
decayed; and that the concrete was found to be
cracked in several places, through which the water was
running away at the rate of about 1,000 gallons an hour.
It was also discovered that the concrete of the added
portion of the Bath was of a less thickness than the older
part. As there was no time to be lost, the season having
already commenced, the Commissioners at once had the
whole of the defective part removed and renewed with
concrete of a proper thickness. The work was satisfactorily
completed on the 5th May, and the Bath
re-opened, the expense incurred under this head being
£344 7S. 3d-
In order to complete the sanitary improvements commenced
last year, extensive works have been executed at
a cost of £192 13s., and the Commissioners consider that
the Building is now in a state of sanitation quite up to
the requirements of modern science.

The Comparative Statement of the number of persons using the Baths and Washhouses during the past three years is as follows:—

Year.Swimming Baths.Private Baths.Total No. of Bathers.Washhouses.