Saturday, 3 December 2011

The Great Visitation of Cholera

 Lost in the wonderfully overgrown Spring Bank cemetery is this slightly leaning monument to a disastrous cholera outbreak in Hull in 1849. The plaque below gives the chilling numbers of dead; we can only imagine the horrors of those days. Nowadays with our clean drinking water and improved sanitation cholera is practically unknown in the UK but it stills kills over 100,000 mainly in the developing world.

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  1. My great, great, grandmother Sarah Ann Sheppard is buried near this monument. She left behind 3 young children, 1 of whom also died of cholera shortly after her. Thank you for this post and the pictures.