Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Tiverton Dairies

The Tiverton Museum article on page 17 in this month's edition of the Mid Devon One Magazine is all about dairies in Tiverton and the surrounding area.

Fountain Dairy's Morrison-Electricar - c.1941 - Courtesy of Tiverton Museum
Fountain Dairy's
Morrison-Electricar - c.1941

At Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life we have items in the collection relating to a number of small dairies in Tiverton, including Fountain Dairies on Angel Hill, Howden Farm (later Howden Dairy), Gotham Farm, Prescott Dairy, Park Street or Park Dairy, Haydon’s Dairy on Leat Street and the Island Dairy on Lowman Green.

Devon Live also ran an article about local dairies back in 2018 that ties in with this.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Sweating Sickness

"The Sweating Sickness" - Wellcome Collection gallery / CC-BY-SA-4.0
"The Sweating Sickness"
Wellcome Collection Gallery / Public Domain

DevonLive has published a comprehensive article on the mysterious "sweating sickness" that swept through Tiverton in 1644.
In 1644, the Mid Devon town of Tiverton was a bustling settlement thanks to its position as a crucial hub in the blossoming wool trade.

Largely untouched up until that point by the Civil War that was raging across England, the town was flourishing, trade was booming and money was lining the pockets of local businessmen.

But that all changed in the autumn of that year as a terrifying illness swept through the town, subjecting hundreds to a rapid, brutal and inexplicable death.

In all, 443 people died - a significant chunk of the town's population.

Refer to the 1891 book A History of Epidemics in Britain: From A. D. 664 to the Extinction of Plague for further details.