FOOD POI­SON­ING OUT­BREAK

Macclesfield Express - - MACABRE MACCLESFIELD – PART THREE -

THERE was some in­cred­i­ble weather in Mac­cles­field dur­ing June of 1890.

Max­o­ni­ans reckon it’s al­ways sunny at Barn­aby and they cer­tainly weren’t wrong on that oc­ca­sion.

The weather had been lit­tle short of trop­i­cal and dur­ing the first week of the Barn­aby hol­i­days the heat was in­tense. The slight­est cloth­ing seemed a bur­den and pedes­tri­ans ea­gerly sought the shady side of the street.

The Mac­cles­field Courier re­ported tem­per­a­tures of 900F in the shade and as much as 1180F in the sun. But with the hot weather came dis­ease.

Food quickly turned in that heat and the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple had no re­frig­er­a­tion so food poi­son­ing be­came an epi­demic.

Diph­the­ria, thought to have bade the town good­bye, also threat­ened a re­vival. Four cases were re­ported at a house at the rear of the Bate Hall in Ch­ester­gate and the mother and Mr Etchells, the Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health, took three chil­dren to the Cor­po­ra­tion iso­la­tion hos­pi­tal.

How­ever, the news­pa­per also re­ported ‘lovely’ hedges cov­ered with dog or wild roses, hon­ey­suckle and other sweet smelling flow­ers. But the fruit was ripen­ing too fast on the trees.

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