Source 9 - Tabular data

The Report to the Leeds Board of Health was made by Dr. Robert Baker in the aftermath of the cholera epidemic that hit Leeds in 1832. It was submitted to the Leeds Board of Health by Baker and other medical men in January 1833. The minutes of the Board meeting on January 16th 1833 read as follows:

We are of the opinion that the streets in which malignant cholera prevailed most severely, were those in which the drainage was most imperfect; and that the state of the general health of the inhabitants would be greatly improved, and the probability of a future visitation from such malignant epidemics diminished, by a general and efficient system of drainage, sewerage and paving, and the enforcement of better regulations as to the cleanliness of the streets.

The findings of Baker's report were also included in Edwin Chadwick's Report on the Sanitary Conditions of the Labouring Population of Great Britain.

This table reveals the number of deaths that occurred, street by street, during the epidemic of 1832, as well as the sanitary conditions of each of these streets.

  • Look at sources 9, 10 and 11. What does the data tell you about sanitary conditions in Leeds?
  • Make a list of the characteristics of the epidemic.

Taken from: Report to the Leeds Board of Health
Author / Creator: Dr. Robert Baker
Date: 1833
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board