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worse one; a bit of the roof fell on me, and there isn’t another to
be had." Several cottages in a neighboring village were very little
better, but were all occupied, as there were no others. In both
, villages, several cottages had fallen into decay, or had been condemned,
‘ and no new ones built. A Parish Councillor from Cambridgeshire
writes: "Several cottages ought to be closed; but where are the
people to go P "
A Cambridgeshire lady told me of a family of eleven persons _ _
sleeping in one room, because of the scarcity of cottages in the
village. A Rural District Councillor, in Berkshire, writing of six
villages: "None empty; more are wanted," adds, "the great blot
in these country cottages is the fact that not one in twenty has
a third bed room. The sexes sleep indiscriminately in the same
room .... I have known a cottage with two bed rooms which held,
on such occasions as Bank Holiday, eighteen persons-four married
couples, one engaged couple, and the others single." From a
Sanitary Inspector and Surveyor, in Surrey: "The pressing want
here, as all over the country, is laborers’ cottages." From Norfolk :
"During the last few years ten cottages have been pulled down
that were dilapidated and unfit for habitation, and only two built."
A lady from Wiltshire writes : " A great dearth ofcottages here ; in
some cases people can’t marry because there are no cottages."
Of the eleven villages with empty cottages, the clergyman of one
“ writes from Cornwall: "There are twenty empty, only two {it to
? live in, eight inhabited ones unfit to live in." A correspondent from
Norfolk says: "Seven empty, partly owing to land laid down to t
ig grass, and other causes ; but the water very bad indeed, only ditch
water to drink. I go a mile, and sometimes two, for mine; wish I A
ïl could get to where there is good water." (This man is a baker.)
Six other correspondents, in answer to the question as to number _
of unoccupied cottages, write respectively: "One tied one empty,
but this farmer is constantly changing." " One small one empty;
[ but only one bed room, and no window in back kitchen." " One or
two empty just now, but will no doubt be occupied directly."
. "Three or four, owing to depopulation of village; but not good
cottages." " Three ernpty." " One or two."
l Two correspondents make no answer to the question.
gl From Fakenham, in the Walsingham Union of N orfolk-popula·
lg. tion about 3,000, but a Rural District with Parish Council: " Several
good cottages vacant, about 300 yards distant from the town, stated
to be so because there are no lamps near them and the drainage is
g, unsatisfactory." The circumstances connected with this little town `
l call for a few special remarks. About a year ago I received a letter
l' giving a very bad report of its sanitary condition, and asking me to
l go and inspect 1t. _I sent my deputy (a very able and reliable man,
. holding several oHic1al appointments, and I may here say that all the
ii work he does for me is entirely unpaid: I only pay his travelling
1 expenses). He has reported to me both in person and in writing, a
· most deplorable state of affairs, and much overcrowding. The
l Medical Olïicer of Health lives in the town. and has a large private