The Staploe Hundred

"On an inspection of the town (of Soham) which contains a population of about 4,700 souls, Dr. Lewis, states, that the crying evil - the prime cause of the virulent form of the epidemic now raging - is the quantity of stagnant water met with at every step. The whole town is an assemblage of open ditches.

"The water in many of these is perfectly saturated at the present time with decomposing animal and vegetable matter. - - Nothing short of a thorough system of drainage - - - can put this place into a satisfactory and sanitary condition". 35 people died of Cholera. Gooch, incidentally, had said that the water at Soham was 'very bad'.


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