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NEWPORT MAGISTRATES REFUSED TO EVICT FAMILY OF 12 FROM UNSANITARY HOUSE 100 YEARS AGO

Newport Justices refused to evict a family with 10 children from their home in Quay Street, it was reported on 15th May 1924.

Newport Corporation were attempting to evict father-of-10 H. Plumbley from his Quay Street house on the grounds of its being insanitary. They had obtained an ejection order a year previously. Mr Plumbley had made an application for an extension in time.

However, the magistrates were of the opinion that were Mr Plumbley and his family to be evicted for poor sanitation, the same might happen to as many as 1/5 of Newport residents.

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Harry Williams – the Chair of the Bnech who refused the application – stated:

“We are not there to turn a man with 10 children into the street and so force them into the workhouse. The house is no more insanitary than many others in the town, and 20 per cent of the people might be turned out if this policy were persisted in.”

The Chair announced that Mr Plumbley would be allowed to remain in his dwelling for a further fortnight but insisted that the extension would be final.

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ISlander
ISlander
1 month ago

We seem to be heading back to similar conditions 100 years later.

I bet there were as many self-righteous Ivy Searle-alikes whining about people like H Plumbley back then as there are now.

Kevin P Cook
Kevin P Cook
1 month ago

No free rent and tax credits then. For if you had a child YOU not everyone else had to work harder to pay for it.

Now the more they have the less they have to do

Hence unloved feral children are growing in numbers

Marcus
Marcus
Reply to  Kevin P Cook
1 month ago

This is true but very difficult to reverse as there are families who are several generations deep in this culture. The government is quick to attack sick and disabled people because of the benefit cost but that is as nothing compared the the massive proportion of children being brought up paid for entirely by the state (AKA the taxpayer) but the government are too scared to address that.

Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
Reply to  Marcus
1 month ago

Vote REFORM because they have a proposed a policy of withdrawing benefits from those who refuse to work if they have children. Having additional children will incur further losses of benefits.

Wee Jimmy
Wee Jimmy
1 month ago

Do we have to wait a fortnight to find out if he got evicted?

C morgy
C morgy
Reply to  Wee Jimmy
1 month ago

I was disappointed the story ended where it did i also want to know what happened

John
John
1 month ago

I wonder what number in Quay Street! The info might brighten the present occupant’s day 🙂

Stefan C. Attrill
Stefan C. Attrill
Reply to  John
1 month ago

Maybe the house was located in what is now the Court House?

tdalley
tdalley
1 month ago

Well said Kevin Cook

 

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