|The Rushden Echo, 10th June 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins
Medical Officer's Report for Rushden - A Case of Overcrowding
In his monthly report, Dr. Owen, medical officer for Rushden, states that during the month there were seven fresh cases of scarlet fever and three of measles. Isolation and disinfection were being resorted to, and all precautions were being taken against its spread. There was a case of overcrowding in Drawbridge-yard, where ten people occupied a very small house, viz., a man and wife, six children, and two lodgers. He (Dr. Owen) had advised them to
or to move into a larger house.
The report was presented at a meeting of the Rushden Urban Council on Wednesday.
The Chairman (Mr. John Claridge) asked Dr. Owen when he found out this case of over-crowding.
Dr. Owen: A fortnight ago.
The Chairman: What has been done? Have they acted on your suggestion?
The Sanitary Inspector said the man had got the promises of another house and as soon as they could get into it they would. Meanwhile two of the children were being sent out to sleep.
The Chairman: It is
Mr. Wilkins: They have kept the lodgers?
The Inspector: Yes.
Mr. Knight: They keep those that pay. (Laughter)
On the motion of Mr. Wilkins, seconded by Mr. Knight, it was decided to give the occupier 24 hours notice to abate the nuisance, failing which proceedings will be taken.