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From: "Hugh Edghill" <>
Subject: Re: Refuse collectors et al
Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 13:26:42 +0100
Nice one Diana
Thanks for the 'tip'
From a hot and sunny Swansea.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Diana Davies" <>
Sent: 12 May 2001 00:41
Subject: Refuse collectors et al
> Greetings from the Land o' the Maple Leaf!
> From: The Story of the Village of Mumbles by Gerald Gabb M.A. 
> Page 52.
> "Victorian Mumbles was attractive - from a distance. Some of the
> rubbish was collected by David ELEY who had a butcher's shop in the Dunns.
> All he did was to put offal, blood and refuse in a pit on the beach, so
> when the tide was low and the sun was hot. . . .
> Nobody minded dumping rubbish along the shore and those drains that
> did not take sewage far out on to the beach. The M.O.H. often had to
> disinfectant to reduce what he called the 'stinks'. "
> Well you did ask. . . Enjoy your swim!
> on 5/12/01 2:23 PM, David and Pat Halliday at wrote:
> >> Anyway, my grandmother's marriage cert states his occupation (he was
> > deceased by
> >> 1896) as "corporation labourer". This would suggest the former, but I
> > would be
> >> interested to know what arrangements there were for refuse collection
> > Cardiff
> >> back in Victorian times.
> > I would be as interested as Marion in any answers to this. My elusive
> > Henry Davis was stated in family lore to have been a "Dustman in
> > the 1890s. Enquiries to Swansea City Council have drawn a blank as they
> > don't have employee records preserved for that time.
> > Any info on this subject - of collecting rubbish - would be appreciated.
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