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Articles: Stroud Board of Health

1854 Stroud Public Health Inquiry
In 1854, following a Cholera epidemic the General (National) Board of Health held an Inquiry into the capacity of the the Stroud Improvement Commissioners (set up by Local Act of Parliament in 1825 with responsibilities for improving streets, watching (policing) and Sewers). The Senior Inspector Mr Ranger concluded that the existing arrangements were not what we would now call  "fit for purpose" and recommended that the commissioners became a Local Board of Health. The contents are shown here with links to the relevant pages.

The conclusions are interesting and show that the machinery of Government has not changed much in 150 years.  Like a modern day Audit Commission Inspector it it clear that the inspector was listing powers and activities which the existing body did not have, against a check list of functions and powers which in the Government's view were needed to enable the local community to provide preventative public health services.

The text presented here has been sourced from the copy of the Report held at the British Library.


1854 Public Health Inquiry Part 1


1854 Public Health Inquiry Part 10 - Appendix ??


1854 Public Health Inquiry Part 2


1854 Public Health Inquiry Part 3


1854 Public Health Inquiry Part 4


1854 Public Health Inquiry Part 5


1854 Public Health Inquiry Part 6


1854 Public Health Inquiry Part 7 - Appendix 1


1854 Public Health Inquiry Part 8 - Appendix 2


1854 Public Health Inquiry Part 9 - Appendix 3
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