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Hillyard, Henry: Papers re Malvern Water Pollution Cases, 1906-1910

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/63
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Hillyard, Henry: Papers re Malvern Water Pollution Cases, 1906-1910
Date(s): 1898-1910
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Hillyard | Henry | fl 1898-1910 | sanitary inspector
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The 'Malvern Hydro Case' or 'Malvern Drainage Case' 1907-1098, was over the issue of responsibility for polluted water. The plaintiff, Dr John Campbell Fergusson, the proprietor of a Hydropathic Establishment in Malvern claimed damages for the polluted water in his establishment (which had led to several cases of typhoid fever). The first case, Fergusson v. Starkey, in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division (see GC/63/1), determined whether lesser or lessee was liable. In the trial at the High Court of Justice, King's Bench Division, Fergusson was awarded 7500 against the Council, but this was over-ruled on Appeal in May 1908, by the Supreme Court of Judicature, Court of Appeal. Fergusson appealed to the House of Lords in May 1909, but they upheld the judgement of the Court of Appeal.


Scope and content/abstract:

Case transcripts, press cuttings, memoranda, reports and correspondence acquired by Henry Hillyard, Sanitary Inspector to Malvern UDC, relating to cases concerning responsibility for polluted water at a hydropathic establishment and a school in Malvern, 1898-1910.

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Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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Archival Information

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Immediate source of acquisition:

These 5 volumes were purchased by the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine Library from Dawsons (acting for a private seller) in November 1970, having previously been in the Hillyard family. They were give accession number 318493.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2009

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