Little London Cottages
RECENT letters about Little London cottages aroused considerable interest. I recall to mind 40 very small headstones lined up in St Wendreda’s churchyard, each with a capital ‘C’ depicting cholera and the initials of deceased and the year.
RECENT letters about Little London cottages aroused considerable interest.
I recall to mind 40 very small headstones lined up in St Wendreda’s churchyard, each with a capital ‘C’ depicting cholera and the initials of deceased and the year. There were so many deaths stone masons had no time to incise full names.
To the shame of the church authority and others a few decades ago these headstones were reduced to rubble by the council and used for hard core. The headstones honoured the memory of March’s impoverished paupers. They died in miserable circumstances, one family existing in an upturned cart in White Lion Lane (St Peter’s Road). The destruction of these historic headstones was grossly insensitive.
High Street where several affluent families lived got off lightly. They could afford good food and boiled water before drinking it and using it for hygienic purposes. Even newspapers were ironed before handling. Impoverished pauper families had no choice.
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The only man that cared for them and, at great risk to his health, brought blankets to their bedsides and comforted the dying, was the rector of Doddington, a truly Christian gentleman.
My book BRING OUT YOUR DEAD (out of print) gives fullest details of that terrible period, and how March cleaned up after government intervention.
- 1 Police forensics team begin search after death of woman in her 70s
- 2 Man arrested on suspicion of murder after death of woman in her 70s
- 3 Firefighters attempted to resuscitate suspected murder victim
- 4 Two boys, aged 12 and 14, arrested after 3am service station burglary
- 5 Pervert filmed himself having sex with girl, 14, and then shared video online
- 6 iPads and laptops stolen in school break-in
- 7 Class B drug factory discovered following British Gas search warrant
- 8 Defeated Tory hits out at ‘toxic brand’ and says ‘James Palmer had it coming’
- 9 Epic escape fail for ‘armed thieves’ who crashed car into ditch
- 10 MP Steve Barclay visits £14m A47 Guyhirn roundabout upgrade works
Nowadays it seems everything centres on lust for wealth. This can detract from visual areas of history. Little London cottages are visual history and hide a grim secret of debilitating illness and abject poverty.
Perhaps planning departments, conservation societies and dare I say it? speculators will care to re-shape priorities and give equal consideration to the past as well as the present and the future.
St Peter’s Road