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Wednesday 3rd June 2020  

Medical Report - 1926

Loughborough Echo - 17th September 1926

A special meeting of the Quorn Urban District Council was held on Tuesday evening to receive the report of the medical offier, W. E. Roper Saunders, for the year ending December 1925; which showed that the population was 2, 479, as against 2,459 at the 1921 census.

There had been 34 births, 18 boys and 16 girls; 32 deaths, 13 males and 19 females. No woman had died in child-birth and no infant had died under one year. The sum of 928 had been received in poor relief. This was low when compared with similar sized local parishes. The infant welfare was proving most useful, and the district nurse was now the only practising mid-wife in the district.

There were still eight privy middens in the village; also 343 pan closets and 381 water closets, four middens having been converted to W.C.s. The refuse destructor is now in use and is a great improvement on the old method.

During the year 22 new houses have been built and the shortage is not so acute as it was; no house is unfit for habitation, but 61 are nearly so.

There are now 13 retail milk purveyors and 15 wholesale producers; ten samples have been taken, and no summonses issued. No meat has been seized as unfit for consumption, and the general condition of the slaughter houses is good.

A vote of thanks was passed to the officer for his report, which the chairman said was a very gratifying one.

Museum note: A privy midden was basically an open hole leading to a cesspit, which could flood etc. A pan closet was like a latrine, ie a toilet with a pan or container that had to be emptied. A water closet was similar to the toilets we have today and the waste went into the sewerage system.

 Submitted on: 2012-08-15
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1672

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