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1837: 'Furious' Cuckfield weather conditions may have destroyed smallpox scourge

Brighton Gazette - Thursday 05 January 1837


The late snow storm exceeded fury any previous one within the memory of the oldest inhabitants of this place. Its effects are visible everywhere; roads are rendered impassable in many places, and many hands have been employed during the last week in clearing the different roads. We hear that Mr J Jeffery, of Horsegate farm, lost 14 sheep, and that it is supposed they are now buried beneath a mass of snow; but we have not ascertained whether the report can be depended on not. No serious accident has occurred save in one instance; a Mrs Agate slipped down in the snow, and broke both bones of her leg. We hear that she doing well. 

Horsgate Farm c1900 (Robert Bevan)

We have been visited by that scourge, the smallpox, but hope that the cold weather has destroyed the infection, as we have not heard of any fresh failure during the last fortnight.



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