Staffordshire, Bilston, Cholera Orphans School
Staffordshire, Bilston, Cholera Orphans School, white metal medal, 1833, by T. Ottley, a view of the school, OPENED AUGUST 5 1833/ NUMBER OF ORPHANS/ 450 BY CHOLERA UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE, rev. . ERECTED AND SUPPORTED/ FROM A FUND SUBSCRIBED/ BY THE BRITISH NATION/ FOR THE RELIEF OF SUFFERERS/ BY CHOLERA AT BILSTON/ IN THE YEAR 1832/ POPULATION 14492/ PERSONS ATTACKED BY CHOLERA 3568/ PERSONS WHO PERISHED 742/ THE FIRST CASE AUGUST 3/ THE LAST D, 45 mm (Taylor 104a) ), pierced for suspension. Good extremely fine and rare. £Sold
The Cholera Orphans School, which cost £400, was opened a year after the epidemic began - "previous to the opening several hundred neat and well executed medals had been prepared ... to commemorate the sad event, and one of the them was suspended, by a black riband, round the neck of each child".
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