The Mortality Crisis of 1741 in Chipping Campden

Nick Woodward

The Mortality Crisis of 1741 in Chipping Campden

In the third of his series of articles using the parish registers and other Campden sources, Nick Woodward examines the a ‘spike’ in burials in 1741 and looks for possible causes. Although the evidence is sparse – sadly the clerics who maintained the burial registers did not give causes of death, as happened in some other parishes – Nick comes to the conclusion, after examining various possibilities, that the most likely cause was smallpox.

The article provides us, as ‘trainee’ local historians, with a greater understanding of the process of examining limited sources of information to produce a conclusion that adds to our knowledge of Campden life two centuries ago.

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