Monday, January 2, 2012

Cost of a Snowstorm - 15 March 1895 – Walsall, Staffordshire

During Saturday night, the I2th January last, and early the following Sunday morning, the heaviest snowstorm which has been known for some years visited Walsall.

It is not uninteresting to note what work was actually done in the streets in consequence of this snowstorm. The number of loads removed on the five days from Sunday to Thursday was 3154 and the wages paid to the "unemployed” for their work was £53 11s 6d. In addition £37 16s had to be paid for the hire of extra horses, the corporation not having enough of their own to cope with such a pressure. The cost of the corporation's own horses and carters employed on this work will add considerably to the above sums, but that this one snowstorm must have put the town to an expense of at least £150 or £160.

From this it will be seen that the removal of the snow from the cities and towns of the United Kingdom must have amounted to a considerable some of money. The population of Walsall in 1891 was 71,791.

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