Horrors in the Mist
The Registrar General of Births, Marriages and Deaths and Inland Revenues.
A paradise for the statistic enthusiast or the bureaucratic-minded, the Somerset House collects all that useful informations like births, marriages and deaths certificates, transfers of properties, tax collections and much, much more.
Some of the offices that can be found on the premises are: The Salt Office, The Stamp Office, The Tax Office, The Navy Office, The Navy Victualling Office, The Publick Lottery Office, The Hawkers and Pedlar Office, The Hackney Coach Office, The Surveyor General of the Crown Lands Office, The Auditors of the Imprest Office, The Pipe Office, The Office of the Duchy of Lancaster, The Office of the Duchy of Cornwall, The Office of Ordinance, The King’s Bargemaster’s House, The King’s Bargehouses.
The Somerset House also accommodates the Somerset House Laboratory, the laboratory originally established in 1842 for the prevention of the adulteration of tobacco products, started as basically a one-man operation by George Phillips. The laboratory was run by Inland Revenue and enhanced by the 1875 Sale of Food and Drugs Law. Phillips retired as principal chemist in 1874. Dr. James Bell was his successor as the principal chemist of Somerset House Laboratory.