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1837: Smallpox outbreak and two foot of snow

Like a Lowry painting, a snow scene in Hatchgate Lane, Cuckfield in the 1920s


The late snow storm exceeded in 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 or 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 is doing well.

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.

A meeting of the inhabitants will be held at the Kings Head this day (Wednesday), the 4th inst., to raise a subscription for the relief of the poor. The particulars shall appear in our next.

Brighton Gazette, Thursday 05 January 1837


In consequence of the fall of snow which in this neighbourhood exceeded two feet in depth, the applications to the Bread Fund Committee have increased considerably and the exertions of the collectors have been indefatigable. In justice to the public we must say that the contributions have been large, and in the end will, we hope, reimburse the committee for the expenses which they incur. The concert in aid of this charitable institution, fixed for last Friday was unavoidably postponed until next Friday week, when we hope to see it fully supported.

Brighton Gazette, Thursday 18 February 1847

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.



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