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|History Tour||Canning Town in Victorian Times|
Alfred Dickens was the author of an important report published in 1855 on the "Sewerage, Drainage and Supply of Water and the Sanitary Condition of the Inhabitants of West Ham".
The question of how to deal with sewage and other waste was a very important one at the time. The rapidly growing population of West Ham (including the Canning Town area) meant that houses were built quickly without proper planning. Therefore the threat of disease was very great. Dickenss report made the West Ham Board of Health realise the terrible conditions in which the people of the area were living and working.
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Last updated 17 February 2003