Market Street, Harwich, c.1960Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Harwich >> Harwich Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here is one for Harwich on how the inhabitants were fearful of cholera.
The Essex Standard 12 November 1831
The quarantine regulations are very strictly enforced here with respect to vessels arriving from the Continent; and on account of the alarming intelligence from Sunderland, vessels from that port are to proceed to Standgate Creek, and there perform quarantine. Precautionary measures are also taken as to vessels arriving from Newcastle and places adjacent.
On Saturday the news of the cholera having shown itself at Sunderland, reached Harwich; for some hours great consternation prevailed, as many recently arrived colliers were riding in the port; however, apprehension soon subsided.
On the officers directing the master of the Sunderland brig, which was entering the harbour, opn Saturday, to proceed to Stangate Creek, and perform quarantine, in consequence of the disease having reached Sunderland, the master expressed his astonishment and unbelief thus:- 'What man! Art thoo tarking aboot! I left Sunderland on Soonday last, un thars nar cullera there.'
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