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Walthamstow 1904

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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Cowkeepers and Milksellers .— There are within the district 15 registered cowkeepers and 102 milksellers. All these have been regularly visited and the bye-laws enforced, and the following works carried out:—

Cowkeepers.— Paving made good2
W.c. flush repaired1
Milksellers.—Paving repaired10
W.c. flush reinstated1
Drains repaired2
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Slaughter-houses. There are twelve licensed slaughter-houses
within the district, which are all maintained in good condition.
Only in one case was any work required, that being a repair of the

Fishmongers .—Special visits are constantly paid to the premises of the 62 fishmongers in the parish, and the following works have been carried out at our suggestion:—

Smoke-hole improved2
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Fish Offal Removal.—The nuisance caused by the removal of
fish offal during the hours when the streets were filled with people, was
a source of some trouble in the early summer.
A complaint was received of the nuisance thus caused, and I kept
special observation for nearly a fortnight during the evenings, and on
16th August I found a considerable nuisance was caused in the.
course of removal.
I thereupon took proceedings against the carman who was engaged
in the removal, and on 17th September he was fined 2s. 6d. and
ordered to pay costs; the firm employing him, having in the meantime,
succeeded in making arrangements with the fishmongers to provide
facilities for the removal about two o'clock in the morning. That has
been done, and no complaints have since been received.

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