Illnesses

Read more about various infectious diseases that affected Wing, general illnesses, and childbirth.

Childbirth

The following Wing women are known to have died in childbirth or shortly thereafter: Jane SHAWBERRY buried 29 May 1732, “died in childbed”. Ann CAPP also died in childbed, buried 29 May 1732 the same day as Jane above (midwife Sarah Simons had died at the end of the previous year so perhaps Wing women …

Scarlet Fever

In 1870 Rev. Peter Thomas Ouvry wrote to the papers regarding the impact of scarlet fever on Wing. It was recorded thusly: The Rev P.T. Ouvry, vicar of Wing, Buckinghamshire, invites notice to the destruction of life in peace. He is the incumbent of a parish where scarlet fever is now prevalent and very fatal. …

Smallpox

Smallpox was a feared disease. The mortality rate was around 33% for adults, and as high as 80% for under-fives. If you were lucky enough to survive, you would be scarred for life with disfiguring pock-marks. The last case of smallpox in the UK was in 1935 (82 years after compulsory infant vaccination was introduced …

Typhoid

1863 – in which the good people of Wing miss out on a big party thanks to typhoid, but get a new well. Leighton Buzzard Observer 10 Mar 1863 p3: The following was issued in the form of a hand-bill in the early part of last week by the vicar of the parish:- “The occurrence …