Extraordinary mortar in Everton

Monday, October 20 – 1879
A curious difficulty under the Building Act has just been experienced in Liverpool, and is causing a good deal of comment. It has been found that the builders of some of the numerous small houses in the Everton district have been extensively using a mortar composed of a small quantity of lime mixed with street sweepings, the latter being largely made up of manure. This material is used for plastering the inside walls of the houses. Dr. Taylor, the medical officer, has announced that under existing law he is unable to take any steps to prevent this stat of things, as no nuisance exists at present, but he is convinced a nuisance will soon arise, after the mixture has been on the walls for a little time, and the he will institute legal proceedings.
(Edinburgh Evenings News, 20-10-1879)

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