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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: The Importance of Being Moldgreen

The Public Health Act of 1848 and the Local Government Act of 1858: The Importance of Being Moldgreen

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(p.139) 5. The Public Health Act of 1848 and the Local Government Act of 1858: The Importance of Being Moldgreen
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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/9780198201755.003.0017

This chapter discusses the adoption of the Public Health Act of 1848 and the Local Government Act of 1858 in Moldgreen. Moldgreen is a suburb of Huddersfield and lay mainly in the township of Dalton. By the late 1850s it was said to have a population of between 4,000 and 5,000, and people were pouring into Moldgreen and Dalton, where they could dwell in cellars and where the lodging-houses were uncontrolled. This, in turn, meant that Moldgreen was beginning to have a public health problem, and in 1857, a group of residents resolved to invoke the Public Health Act of 1848. However, the principle reason why the petitioners wanted to bring Moldgreen within the operation of the Public Health Act was that they believed that this would help them to obtain a regular supply of fresh water. The public health party also petitioned for the adoption of the Local Government Act of 1858. After over two years of vigorous politicking Moldgreen finally became a locality in its own right, and the reformers found themselves in a position of responsibility.

Keywords:   Public Health Act, Local Government Act, Moldgreen, Huddersfield, Dalton

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