Local Reports to the General Board of Health

Short Guide 24

H.J. Smith, last updated: 14th March 2011

Two influences have to be distinguished in the making of these reports. Firstly, epidemic dangers and insanitary conditions in the towns led to the passing of the Public Health Act (11 & 12 Vict. Cap. 63) in 1848. The General Board of Health was set up with powers to inquire into localities petitioning for application of the act; or to initiate such inquiries where mortality exceeded 23 in 1,000. Inspectors were sent to conduct these inquiries and their reports form the subject of this guide. If they recommended application of the act, local boards of health were created.

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