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The Bye Laws of the Borough and Town of Great Torrington, in the County of Devon; enacted and established by the Council, in the year 1836; in pursuance of the Act passed in the fifth and sixth years of the reign of His Majesty King William the Fourth, intituled 'An Act to provide for the regulation of Municipal Corporations in England and Wales'.>
Great Torrington; printed by T. Fowler, book-seller, &c. High Street. 1836. 8vo., 26pp.m recent marbled boards lettered on spine. A very good copy. First edition. Great Torrington is a small market town in North Devon. Lord Melbourne's Municipal Reform Act> of 1835 provided: 1. That all Members of Town Councils should be elected by the ratepayers instead of being self-chosen as they frequently were. 2. That Town Councils should publish their accounts and show how they had spent the public money. The Bye Laws,> here published and 34 in number, covered a disparate range of activities including dealing with vagrants, road repairs, street cleaning, fire engines, water, drains, foot paths &c. &c. Among the Bye Laws> was #12 which banned 'winnowing corn in the streets', and #13 which banned swine, geese and ducks to be in the streets. At least 9 of the bye laws related to drainage and one (#24) ordered that houses were 'not to be thatched with straw or other combustible matter'.
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