Source 4 - Health of Towns Association

Edwin Chadwick published his Report on the Sanitary Conditions of the Labouring Population in 1842. In it, he directly related disease to poor living conditions and called for public health reform on a national scale. However, the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, and his Conservative government were unwilling to support his recommendations.

The Health of Towns Association was established in 1844 to put pressure on Peel's government to force them to take action. The Association was often able to use its members' political links to raise their profile and promote their cause.

This extract is taken from a selection of papers by Thomas Dunhill, published in 1848. It describes a street in Whitehall, London.

  • Describe the language used to express the sanitary conditions of this street. Is such language effective in provoking a response from the reader? Would such descriptions prompt you to address the problem?

Taken from: A selection of papers on Sanitary Reform
Publisher: Health of Towns Association
Date: 1848
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: 7405.b.20