Calderdale Heritage Walk: When Panic Seized the Town

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In the summer of 1892, Brighouse became a ghost town. Streets were deserted, schools were closed and church attendances plummeted. The reason for the panic was an epidemic of smallpox, the most dreaded of contagious diseases which struck fear into people living across the district.

Starting in Clifton in April, the disease quickly spread to Brighouse, Rastrick, Hipperholme and Southowram throughout the summer months. Twenty-six people died during the 1892 outbreak and many more were infected. The outbreak was considered so serious that a new isolation hospital was built in Clifton.

Join John Brooke on Sunday 25 March, 2:00pm for a guided walk around the key sites in Clifton.

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For more information on this and future walks visit www.calderdaleheritagewalks.org.uk/current.html