Tuesday 18th November dawned with the news at 5am that the widow of Patmore the legger, and the remaining two of there children, had died. the daughter of JD and M had also died. Great worry, tension and anxiety descended on the village folk. All the stalls were removed from the Green; the sound of the joiner's hammer could be heard making coffins. At 2pm by the notice of the village bellman, the street leading to the Church was cleared for the burial of six bodies in two carts.
Among the families affected at this time were; Patmore the legger and his wife, Nancy;R.M.and his daughter(described as a poor young woman) and J.D. Mrs L Leader, the nurse, who had been caring for the sick, died on Wednesday 19th November. The curate, who had been attending at the funerals, was taken ill but subsequently recovered.John Walden, a non-conformist, who had been working all day with only a little relaxation of the bowels, was taken ill in the evening and by 4am the next morning was dead. He left a wife and 7 children.
On Wednesday and Thursday 19th and 20th November. A Board of health was formed of medical men and two inspectors whose job it was to clear the streets of "nuisances" and to see to the destruction of bedding and clothing of patients which they had about their persons.Also to see to the "cleansing" of the yards, lanes etc. to visit and cleanse infected houses, to procure the best medical aid and to promote the comfort of the afflicted by extra food, medicine or clothing.
Five dwellings were cleared of tenants and used as an Isolation Hospital. Nursing care was to be carried out by the families of the patients. If one member of a family was infected, all the rest of the family was isolated
Precautions were taken by the use of slaking with lime, burning of pitch etc. The dead were buried in the churchyard at night
R.M. had buried his daughter. He disputed the right of the board of health to interfere by destroying the bedding and linen about his child at the time of her death, unless the parish would pay for the things. At some time after the bed had been buried, he went and dug it up. In washing the bed, he caught Cholers and died a miserable death.
On Thursday 20th November Nancy Fall Died.
Altogether 70 cases occurred out of a population of 1400, and the total number who died was 19. The cost to the parish amounted to£460.
The Board of the Grand Junction Canal resolved on 24th February 1835 "that the disease having first introduced by a boatman on the canal, it be recommended to the General Committee to contribute £50 to the subscription (i.e.for the expenses incurred in the Parish in the previous autumn). Other contributions came from surrounding villages to help with the cost.
Thus ended what must have been a most devastating time for the villagers of Braunston. Let us remember the close-knit community of Braunston in 1834, overwhelmed by an illness about which they knew so little, shattered by the deaths of relatives, friends and neighbours, and torn by worry and anxiety.
Perhaps we will walk down Cross Lane with new thoughts of the past.