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Re: Report of inspection on state of Sheerness roads 1853
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2009, 12:04:57 »
I'm glad you did look it up although i had pictured a wooden handcart!  Glad i didn't live round here back then!!!  But then i expect all area's were pretty much the same.

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Re: Report of inspection on state of Sheerness roads 1853
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2009, 10:25:48 »
"offensive accumulations" - what an excellent term!

And as for a tumbrel - had to look that up  o:)

Variant(s): tum?bril   \ˈtəm-brəl\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English tomrel, from Old French (tomberel, from tomber to tumble, perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German tūmōn to reel - more at tumble
Date: 14th century
1 : a farm tipcart
2 : a vehicle carrying condemned persons (as political prisoners during the French Revolution) to a place of execution

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Re: Report of inspection on state of Sheerness roads 1853
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 10:02:01 »
Banks Town (Alexandra Road, Berridge road, Clyde Cottages', Telescope Alley) - Very Clean

Rose street - Upper end, several lumps of dirt.  Carriage way very dirty.  The ditches at the bottom of the street very offensive, the gutters are swept into them, much of the offensive accumulations might be removed by night in tumbrels.  The lower end of the street appears to be neglected by the scavenger.

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Report of inspection on state of Sheerness roads 1853
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2008, 22:38:36 »
The inspections were carried out by Messrs Gorham, C. Allen, L. Shrubsole, Hogben, Elliott and Felton.  They were to walk the streets of Sheerness and report on the dirt left in streets for the Local Board of Health.  (Dirt as in toilet waste etc)

Here are some of their findings:

Tuesday, September 27th 1853

High Street - Observed several lumps of dirt and mud near the Eastern End.  Baskets of fruit and packages of other goods in the street opposite several shops which are an obstruction to the prpoer  and effectual cleansing of the streets.  
The whole length of the gutter on the North side was very foul and appearing not to have been swept for several days.
The surface of the carriage road appears not to have been swept in several days.  At the western end of the street at the bend of the Dockyard wall, a great deal of dirt, (a loose sort of dirt), was lying on the footpath, and in the gutter and on the carriage road at the same place the committee observed excremental and other dirt.

Friday, September 30th 1853

Prince Albert Street - Dirt thrown from the houses and not removed by the scavenger, the ditch at the bottom of this street very foul and offensive.

Mrs Moran, back of Stunts Row.  Privy overflowing.

Mrs Dryer, Star Inn.  In the carriage entrance to the back premises two bad gutters, full of mud and other offensive dirt.  Privies full in the yard.

Mr Geo Filmer.  Too much fung allowed to accumulate in the dungbin, which contains not only stable dung but slaughterhouse refuse.


 

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