Monuments and Dust

Monuments and Dust

London Times: 26 Sept 1850

Epidemic in London.


Sir, -- Your paper of to-day contains an admirable article on the necessity of guarding against the recurrence of epidemic disease, and more especially against the frightful scourge by which the metropolis was not long since desolated. The same paper publishes the report of the Registrar-General on the health of London during the week just expired; and it is therein stated that on the 13th inst. a case of spasmodic cholera occurred at No. 6, Turlington-street, Paddington, and terminated fatally; the whole metropolis furnishing only two such cases. You, of course, are not aware what sort of place Turlington-street is, but it may be well that the public in general should know. Though constructed only within a few months, and by courtesy called a street, it is in fact a miserable hole, having no thoroughfare, and accessible only by a narrow passage from the Edgeware-road. The provisions of the Metropolitan Building Act have been utterly disregarded, and though this fact has been pointed out in succession to the district surveyor, the official referees appointed under the act just mentioned, the Secretary of State for the Home Department, the General Board of Health, and the Board of Commissioners of Her Majesty's Woods, Forests, Land Revenue, Works, and Buildings, all have refused to interfere to enforce the law, with the exception of the board last named, who have not condescended to give any answer at all.


Sept. 25.