The Pest House Riots

Title

The Pest House Riots

Subject

These Photographs show the Pest House after the fire, 1896. The Pest house later became part of Battledown Farm.

Description

In 1896 a plan of the Stroud joint hospital board to house smallpox cases in the old parish pest-house at Oakridge angered local people who rioted and burned down the building!

Pest Houses were hospitals/hostels used for persons afflicted with communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, cholera or smallpox.

Often they were used for forcible quarantine. The plan was subsequently abandoned and instead the board built an isolation hospital at the Wittantree near the Stancombe cross-roads.

For the full story see the Exhibit : The Oakridge Riots of 1896

Source

Oakridge History Group

Date

1896

Type

Static Image

Identifier

B48

Files

The Pest House after the fire, 1896
The Pest House

Citation

“The Pest House Riots,” Oakridge Community Archives, accessed November 19, 2017, http://oakridgecommunityarchives.org/items/show/304.

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