Cat's Meat Square - Housing and Public Health in South St Pancras 1810-1910, by Stephen W Job

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Cat's Meat Square - Housing and Public Health in South St Pancras 1810-1910, by Stephen W Job

Cat's Meat Square - Housing and Public Health in South St Pancras 1810-1910, by Stephen W Job

Published by the Camden History Society in 2012, 80 pages. Paperback (N5771)

From the rear side cover: This book records the history of a tiny part of south St Pancras, originally part of the Harrison Estate, which declined in the course of the 19th century from middle-class aspirations into one of the worst slums in London. Through diligent research into contemporary newspapers and local archives, the author reveals the herculean efforts of successive Medical Officers of Health who struggled for years to persuade the St Pancras Vestry to relieve the overcrowding or at least mitigate the unhealthy conditions of the local tenants. Their efforts were in vain, even though the vestry membership included such luminaries as Dr William Collins and George Bernard Shaw. Only with the advent of the LCC and abolition of the vestries was the area regenerated. Westminster Kingsway College now occupies most of the site. Chapters include:

Burials and brickfields: the development of Prospect Terrace
The Prospect Terrace back-to-backs: a London rarity
Comings and goings: the population 1810-1845
The Cockney Irish in Cat's Meat Square: social decline 1845-1885
In search of the cat
House farming in Ward 8
The housing crisis comes to a head: the Royal Commission
The School Board and the LCC intervene, 1885-1900
The end of Cat's Meat Square
Epilogue: Cat's Meat Square in the 20th century

The condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is an old price and small price sticker, both on the rear side cover.
Condition New