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Liberty and LocalityParliament, Permissive Legislation, and Ratepayers' Democracies in the Nineteenth Century$
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John Prest

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201755

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201755.001.0001

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The Public Health Act of 1848 and The Local Government Act of 1858: Ryde

The Public Health Act of 1848 and The Local Government Act of 1858: Ryde

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5. The Public Health Act of 1848 and The Local Government Act of 1858: Ryde
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Liberty and Locality
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John Prest

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201755.003.0010

This chapter discusses the adoption of the Public Health Act of 1848 and the Local Government Act of 1858 in Ryde. In 1847, when parliament was getting to grips with the problem of town improvement and public health, the Ryde Commissioners were obliged to obtain a second Act, which released them from the obligation to pay off one-twentieth of all the money they had borrowed every year. But the Act did nothing to change the composition of the Commissioners. In Ryde, there was a strong feeling that the nonrepresentative system ought to be changed to allow the smaller ratepayers and occupiers a voice in the government of their own. The passage of the Public Health Act of 1848 allowed this feeling an expression. The public health party came to terms with the Commissioners that the local Act would incorporate all the important clauses of the Public Health Act of 1848, including the election of Commissioners. In October 1859, the Ryde Commissioners also adopted the Local Government Act of 1858 to increase their powers of borrowing.

Keywords:   Public Health Act, Local Government Act, Ryde, Ryde Commissioners, ratepayers

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