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:

    A: Yes
    Q: With no resource but a Night Cart
    A: None whatever
    Q: If that be the case with respectable Ship Keepers in the High Street of Sunderland if possible is the condition of the lower orders in the poorer parts of the Town, the working classes, even more dreadful
    A: It is – no doubt of it
    Q: Have there come under you knowledge circumstances similar to those given to the Committee by the last Witness, that the lower story of the house is used for accumulating filth
    A: Yes, I have visited them in my capacity of Guardian
    Q: Are you a Guardian of the Poor
    A: I am Vice Chairman of the Board...