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Rotherhithe 1859

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Rotherhithe]

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The Vestry have had under consideration a proposal from the Committee of St.
Bartholomew's Hospital, to exchange a portion of the site of the houses belonging to
the Hospital at the east end of Church-passage, for the present public way there, and
the Vestry have agreed to the exchange, upon condition that the Committee of the
Hospital give up to the public a road 20 feet in width throughout, on the site of the
block of houses at the east end of Church-passage, and that they agree to pay one
moiety of the expense of forming and paving such new road.
The Vestry have caused two new fire-escapes to be provided and kept at the
following places, viz., one at Commercial Dock Offices, Commercial Dock Road, and
the other at Mr. W. J. Smith's, Globe Dock, Rotherhithe-street, and the old fireescapes
kept respectively at the Police Station, the Workhouse, and Surrey Canal Dock
entrance, have been examined and repaired.
Three notice boards with an inscription thereon, stating where the fire-escapes
are kept, together with the residences of the Turncocks, have been made by order of
the Vestry, and placed respectively at the end of Albion-street, next Deptford Lower
Road, at the west end of Plough Road, and near Trinity Church,
APPENDIX (No. 1).
TO THE METROPOLITAN BOARD OE WORKS,
THE MEMORIAL OF THE VESTRY IN THE PARISH OF ROTHERHITHE IN THE
COUNTY OF SURREY.
Sheweth,—That a large portion of your Memorialists' Parish lies below the
level of Trinity high-water mark, and in many instances, six or seven feet beneath
the same.
That the Earl main sewer, which drains several large districts on the south side
of the River Thames, passes through the said Parish, and its outlet is much below
high-water mark.
That the Deptford-road Sewer being the main sewer of this Parish, discharges
itself into the said Earl Sewer, its outlet being at a higher level than the sewer
itself.
That in consequence of the low level of the said Earl Sewer, it is prevented
from discharging its contents into the River for nearly sixteen out of the twentyfour
hours.


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