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Metropolitan Commission of Sewers

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1847 Superseded the Holborn and Finsbury Commissioners of Sewers.

1852 Joseph Bazalgette was appointed chief engineer to the 5th Metropolitan Commission of Sewers

1855 The 6th Commission of Sewers for London was established but still there seemed no end to the dilemma of London's waste

An Act of Parliament was passed which put an end to all Commissions by creating the Metropolitan Board of Works.

1856 Two commissions were appointed:

  • One to enquire into the whole subject of the drainage of London; members included Captain Galton, R.E.; Mr. James Simpson, C.E.; and Mr. J. E. Blackwell, C.E.
  • The second to consider the abstract question of the possibility of utilising the sewage matter; members included Lord Portman, the chairman, a land-owner in Dorset and experimentalist with chemical manures; Mr. Ker Seymer; Mr. Brunel; Mr. Rawlinson; Professor Way, the agricultural chemist; Mr. T. B. Lawes manufacturer of manure; Dr. Southwood Smith, the sanitary reformer.

1856 Succeeded by the Metropolitan Board of Works

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