AT our November meeting we welcomed Roger McKenna who gave an interesting talk on Surviving in Soho in the 1850s.
In 1830 a ship arrived in Sunderland, and a man was suffering from cholera. Cholera became rife in London due to contaminated food and water. Houses were so overcrowded. Butchers kept their cows in one room of their houses and killed them there.
Blood ran into the cobbled streets and 700 people died in the first two weeks of the outbreak. In 1858 Parliament had to close from the terrible snell coming from the river Thames. Sewers were not treated for years. The last cholera outbreak was in 1866.
On Friday, December 13 members enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch at the Wheatsheaf Restaurant. On Wednesday, December 18 we had our Christmas tea with Chris Matalle entertaining us on his accordion.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday, 15 January when our speaker will be Brion Purdey who will give us an illustrated talk on A Winter Holiday at Hastings in 1835. We will also have a book stall.
We meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 2pm until 4pm at the Friends Meeting House, South Terrace. New Members are always welcome. All enquiries ring 01424 717709.