Item BCA - 2017.1044 - Smallpox epidemic in Bampton 1902

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BCA - 2017.1044


Smallpox epidemic in Bampton 1902


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Mrs Davey from The Elms, Broad Street, recalled (c1973) - during the epidemic of Smallpox in Bampton in 1902 patients were taken to the isolation hospital near Burford in a horse-drawn ambulance with a nurse on the box carrying a red flag. Shop-keepers kept a bowl of disinfectant (Jeyes) on the counter in which purchasers put their money. The above rather improbable precautions were confirmed by Mr Albert Chandler - Clerk to the Parish Council - who added that the smallpox was brought to the village by a tramp who lived at the Eagle. The only other deaths from smallpox were the undertaker and an old woman who laid him out.

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