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The diseases registers were created by the Borough of Barking and cover the years 1915–1958. They incorporate the older (now demolished) workers’ housing in and around Barking town, the southern sections of the Becontree Estate, and private housing. They are a fantastic source for comparative analysis of housing conditions using the prevalence of infectious disease as an indicator.

Each register gives the name, age, sex and address of the patient along with the disease. In compliance with data protection laws, names have been redacted where individuals would be under 100 years of age or are possibily still living.