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HUDDERSFIELD & DISTRICT HISTORY
AN OBSCURE FAMILY HISTORY RESOURCE.
In 1818 a medical treatise, Observations on a stridulous affection of the bowels, was published by James Bradley of Huddersfield. The book is now scarce but a copy is held by the John Rylands Library of the University of Manchester.
James Bradley was a doctor who had lived and practised in Almondbury and Huddersfield, being the first physician of the Huddersfield Dispensary, a post which he relinquished after two years due to ill health. He subsequently removed to Longroyd Bridge where he lived in semi-retirement.
The book has a particular interest, not for its medical revelations, but for a store of more or less interesting personal detail which it contains. The information is given in an appendix of cases and was noted as a contribution to his researches. The salient details are
|ELIZABETH WOOD||26||Applied at the Dispensary in the Summer of 1814 in order to be relieved from toads or frogs, which, she was confident, infested her belly. About 5 years previously, a month after her accouchement|
|ELIZABETH SHORE||18||Admitted at the Dispensary in the Autumn of 1814.|
|ANN GLEDHILL||20||A nurse maid, lived in service, was under the care of a medical man at York for 10 to 12 weeks.|
|ELIZABETH FOZARD||19||Dispensary April 1815.|
|MARY GIBSON||28||Married, born 5 children. Dispensary Summer of 1815. She died rather suddenly a few weeks after her accouchement.|
|MARY BRADFIELD||16||Dispensary Summer 1815. She had been employed in the cotton manufactory for some time, reduced to applying for parochial relief.|
|GEORGE PLATT||23||A tall and handsome young man. June 1815. Employing himself as a clothier as formerly. Died just before his intended marriage.|
|ANN WILCOCK||15||Applied 13 September 1816. Used to carrying large pails of milk on her head.|
|ANN CHAPEL||17||Close of 1817. Last 3 years followed occupation of a weaver. A surgeon had extracted a pretty large quantity of blood from the temples by leeches.|
|JOSEPH LIVERSAGE||27||Autumn 1813|
|WILLIAM HAIGH||42||Clothier by trade. September 1813.|
|JOSEPH BROOK||53||Dispensary 1815.|
|RICHARD SYKES||20||A clothier. Winter 1815. For the last two years his employment had consisted chiefly of wheeling wet wool in a hand-barrow up a very steep hill from the dye house.|
|MASTER R[OBINSON]||4 mths||Summer of 1816. Son of Mr Robinson, a surgeon in the town.|
|RACHEL KAYE||23||Unmarried. Dispensary September 1814. Three years previous to this period she had the misfortune to have an illegitimate child. [The charitable way in which this is put may stem from the fact that James Bradley was himself the father of an illegitimate child.]|
|ELIZABETH HAWTHORN||28||Married without children. Dispensary August 1814.|
|BENJAMIN STEPHENSON||30||Dispensary Summer 1815. Five years prior to this he was a militia man, exposed to hard duty.|
|ELEANOR SHAW||41||Born 7 living children. Dispensary Summer 1815.|
|SARAH MELLOR||35||Married. Has had 6 children. Dispensary August 1815. She daily span on a large jenny.|
|MRS. HINCHLIFFE||47||Married with 2 children, the youngest 8. 6.5.1815.|
|HANNAH MILLS||38||Has had 8 children. 23.3.1813.|
|MR. J T||28||Married, a cloth merchant. Spring 1817.|
|ELIZABETH DAWSON||35||Summer of 1814, delivered of her seventh child.|
|GEORGE HILL||27||Dispensary September 1814.|
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