Published by the Walsall Library and Museum Service in 1984, 28 pages. Large A4 size booklet (S6761)
This booklet provides a fascinating brief account of Public Health and Housing in the West Midlands town of Walsall during the nineteenth century, and it is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs showing the slum houses, streets, and early municipal hospitals and baths in the area during this period.
From the first page: The rapid growth of housing in Walsall and district during the 19th century meant problems of overcrowding, sanitation and increasing slum accomodation for large numbers of people. An 1841 government report stated: there are but few good houses in the town, the majority of them are very indifferent and nearly all those inhabited by the working classes are of squalid description, often presenting the last state of want and wretchedness. There are many narrow passages, averaging 2 and a half to 3 and a half feet wide. They lead into little courts and yards, where dwellings and workshops are always found.
Condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, and some light nibbling and creasing along the edges, but the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.