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Membership of such societies has been estimated at around a million by the end of the nineteenth century (Thane, 1996). Also increasingly common as a form of self-help during this period were cooperative arrangements for the purchase or construction of homes – the building society. Many of the building societies would be short-lived and terminate their activities when each of their members had built or bought their own home. From the middle of the century the move towards permanent building societies was underway.
Chadwick, in preparing his report on sanitary conditions, was able to use the newly founded central machinery of the Poor Law to collect his evidence. Poor Law Assistant Commissioners, Boards of Guardians and Poor Law medical officers were all used to give testimony to the health and sanitary conditions endured by the ‘labouring classes’ (Fraser, 2003). His report, published in 1842, was not, however, widely and readily accepted and it was not until 1848 that legislation, in the form of the Public Health Act, saw the light of day.
3). Child labour itself was, of course, nothing new and children would be put to work in agricultural regions or cottage industries as soon as they were able. But the conditions in which children worked and lived in industrialising Britain proved an offence to the humanitarian sentiments of a country that came to regard itself as the most civilised in the world. The conditions endured by children, the long hours and the physical hazards they faced when operating machinery, were likened to slavery, since children in contrast to adults often had little choice over their labour.