‘The dangers attending these conditions are evident’: public health and the working environment of Lancashire textile communities, c.1870–1939

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This article examines the position of the working environment within public health priorities and as a contributor to the health of a community. Using two Lancashire textile towns (Burnley and Blackburn) as case studies and drawing on a variety of sources, it highlights how while legislation set the industry parameters for legal enforcement of working conditions, local public health priorities were pivotal in setting codes of practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26
Number of pages3
JournalSocial History of Medicine
Early online date10 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • public health
  • working environment
  • Medical Officer's of Health
  • Lancashire

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