1878 04 25 – Redcar Local Board of Health Meeting

Accreditation The Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 25/04/1878.


            The annual meeting of this board was held on Thursday evening (18/04), at the Board room, West Terrace, Redcar. Present: Messrs. Blatherwick, Coulson, Crabtree, Harrison, Lee, Patterson, Webster, and Wren; J. G. Thompson (clerk), and D. D. Bookless (surveyor). Mr. J. H. Webster, the returning officer deposited the voting papers and documents in connection with the late election, and Mr. R. Lee made the usual declaration on taking his seat on the Board..The Clerk said the first business before the meeting was the election of a chairman for the ensuing year, and on the motion of Mr. Crabtree, seconded by Mr. Harrison, Mr. J. H. Webster was unanimously re-elected. The Committee for the year were next appointed. The Surveyor reported a leakage in the water pipes, near Throstle Nest farm, caused by the subsidence of the land, owing to the mining operations, which he expected would be remedied by the following day.

The Medical Officer’s report was as follows.

“To the Chairman and Members of the Local Board. Redcar, April, 18, 1878.

“Gentleman, – I beg to report that during the last six weeks measles of a mild character have been prevalent in the district. There has also been one case of smallpox. This has been imported. The patient is now quite well, and all danger of spreading is at an end. As a general rule, the sanitary condition is good, measles and whooping cough prevailing in some quarters.

“The number of deaths during the quarter ending March 31, was 14. Of these eight were under 18 months; 1, 3 years, croup; 1, 16 years, consumption; 1, 64 years, heart disease; 1, 62 years, abdominal tumour; 1, 75 years, seminars decay 1, 80 years, decay of nature. Average death rate, 17.50 per 1000 per annum.

I am, Gentleman, your obedient servant, J. H. Bennett, M.D.,

Medical Officer of Health.”

Plan of house and shop in High Street, belonging to Mr. Thomas Wakefield, approved; plan of tool house in Newton Street, for Messrs. Biggins, approved; plan of shop front, No.5, high Street, for Mr. Thomas Rowland, approved. Checks were ordered for the payment of several accounts.


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