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~ History ~
Life was hard for the simple nailers and miners of Gornal, the following describes the conditions they would have to endure.
Overcrowding with little sanitation or clean water meant disease was rife in the 1870s, the following extract gives a window into how it was in those times.
An extract from the Dr. Ballard report of sanitary conditions from 1875 in the area including the village of Lower Gornal.
This report covered a wider area and this edited snippet gives a brief look at sanitation and how it affected the local folk.
The Village of Lower Gornal consists of one long street running along a declivity from Ruiton (near Upper Gornal)
towards a place known as East Street and West Street. This main street is called Ruiton Street.
Source: Appendix 3 to Report from the Select Committee for Public Health Act (1875) Amendment Bill (1878).
The Lower Gornal and Gornal Wood sewer system was completed in 1926.
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