This book is dedicated to the memory of Dr Geoffrey Stout and Miss Grace Dixon, to whom I owe many thanks for early encouragement and support.
The original research into the Hutton Rudby cholera outbreak of 1832 was done by Dr Stout. He and I then collaborated on further work, which we wrote up for the Teesside and North Yorkshire Archives, but never published. After his death, I presented our findings to the Hutton Rudby History Society in a talk in his memory. Margaret Brabin of the Society urged me to write up the information – but first I thought I should complete the research. This took several years longer than I had expected and led to many unexpected discoveries.
I would like to thank the many people who helped me on the way.
I was particularly well-served by the many sources now available on the internet and by the help of several librarians – particularly Nigel Prince and the staff of the Northallerton County Library, Jenny Parker of the Middlesbrough Reference Library, Penny Rudkin of the Southampton Reference Library, and Michele Lefevre of the Leeds Local Studies Library, who in response to my request for copies of items in the Leeds newspapers relating to the cholera in October 1832 found the letter written by Mr Barlow to the Leeds Mercury. The Borthwick Institute and the Cambridge University Library were also most helpful. I owe a great deal of information to Jacky Quarmby’s work on the Brigham family and to a most fruitful collaboration with her over this interesting episode.
Many thanks to Kate Milburn and Julia Weeks for their helpful comments over the years, to Beryl Turner, and lastly to my proof-readers Margaret Brabin, Shirley Storey and above all Lynda McPhie.
Finally, my grateful thanks to my husband and children for their support during the research and writing of this book.