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East Midlands Collection Not 3.D14 FIE : Extracts from Henry Field, The date-book of remarkable and memorable events connected with Nottingham and its neighbourhood, from authentic records. Part 2, 1750-1884. (Nottingham: H. Field, 1884)

[1832, pp. 407-408]

That dreadful scourge, the Asiatic Cholera, appeared in Nottingham early this year, but for several months its ravages were confined to a few isolated cases. The 21st March was set apart as a public fast day, and Divine service was held in the various churches and chapels. In the succeeding four months but few cases were known; but in August the epidemic broke out with alarming violence. In the seven days ending the 24th of that month, 41 new cases were reported to the local Board of Health, and 18 deaths. The Board, of which Mr. T. Wakefield was chairman, exerted themselves energetically in checking the progress of the disease. Amongst other means, they appointed two medical men, who were fully employed for some weeks, night and day, in visiting cholera patients in the Meadow-plats and other exposed parts of the town. In the week ending September 6th, there were 62 new cases, and 33 deaths. The week following, the cases were 104, and the deaths 36. In the seven days terminating September 27th, the deaths were 31, and in the seven following, 37. From this time the epidemic gradually declined, and finally ceased in November. There were, in the whole, 930 attended cases: of these 600 recovered and 330 died. The visitation was first observed in Lees'-Yard, Narrow-marsh [Mr. T. Farnsworth was the victim] and it prevailed in its most fatal form in imperfectly drained and ill-ventilated localities.

[1832, p.408]

Mr. John Kale, basket-maker, of South-Street, aged 23 years, and his wife, aged 21 years, died on the 12th of October. They were both in perfect health when they arose in the morning, but soon after the wife complained of being unwell; not suspecting anything materially amiss, he went on his business to Hucknall, and on returning through Bulwell in the afternoon, was taken ill, and was so bad that he died on the road, and so rapid was the decomposition of the body, that it was obliged to be buried the same evening at Basford. In the meantime, the wife sickened, and died the same night, of Cholera, at South-Street in Nottingham, leaving an orphan, about a year old.