James Hills Evidence

James Hills Evidence
  • Title: James Hills Evidence

  • Date : 1847

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives HL/PO/PB/5/13/10

  • Description :

    Opposed private bill committee evidence on the Sunderland Improvement works. James Hills, the local ironmonger, gave evidence in favour of the introduction of the Bill, despite its possible repercussions on his business.

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  • Transcript:

     Q: Do you mean to say that there are any shops and houses actually in the High Street of Sunderland that have not common necessaries of that kind
    A: Many
    Q: In what possible mode do the inhabitants of those houses get rid of the accumulated filth that arises

    A: They have a kind of square tubs placed under the stairs which go up and which are emptied every night, or should be emptied every night by the night cart, and they have to bring them up through their houses in many instances,

    Q: Do I understand you that that is the case not merely with the poorest and wretched inhabitants of Sunderland, but actually in the houses...