Samuel Taylor Chadwick is arguably the most important public health figure in the history of Bolton. I am going to write more about him (and hopefully the history of Bolton Public Health) in the upcoming weeks, but he is what he said about cellar dwellings:

“Focuses of contagion, injuring the healthy and corrupting the morals of the community”

“To close the cellars of Messrs Omrod & Messrs Bolling – the wealthy and great cotton spinners – he should feel no compunction, for they ought to be taught it was their duty to look to the welfare of the operative community, without whom they would now, perhaps have been occupants of cellars themselves”

Ouch.

Taken from Bolton Chronicle 16th May 1863

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