Medical care of the poor: Beaminster in the 1830s

The following are transcripts of records relating to Beaminster.  They provide examples of how poor people accessed healthcare in the 1830s, before Dorset County Hospital opened in 1841:


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Children vaccinated against smallpox, 1834

The following is a list of children (and, apparently, one adult – William BARRETT, aged 30) who were vaccinated for smallpox in 1834, paid for by the parish of Beaminster.  The list can be found in Overseers of the Poor, Beaminster, Workhouse (Dorset History Centre, reference PE/BE: OV 7/5).

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Children Vaccinated at the Parish Expence 1834 by Messrs. James & Thomas DANIEL’s
Age Age
Jane NEWMAN John BARTLETT
Mary 2 children
Joseph 4 Thomas WEBB
William 2 Jane 6
Susannah 1 James 4
Thomas STONE Amelia 1
James 10 Joseph GEAR
Elizabeth 6 Mary
Mary Ann 4 John 8
Jane 1 Maria 5
Joseph CLEALE Elizabeth
Thomas 10 James DAW
George 6 James 1
Henry 3 John CALE
Charlotte 1 Mary 7
Joseph POMERY William GREEN
Joseph 7
George 4 Thomas COX
Job 2 John 8
Ann APPLIN Priscilla 3
William 5 Mary DYKE
Jeremiah BARTLETT Harriot 7
Samuel Hiram BROWN
William Elizabeth 8
Henry 1 Mary 6
Samuel DUNN Simon 3
George 7 George 3mos
Elizabeth 5 William GODSELL
William 3 Hannah 6
Sophia 1 Amelia 4
Elizbeth BARTER James CROSS
Caroline 7 William 8
Emanuel ELLIOT Rebecca 5
Mary Ann 3 Jane
Robert 1 William POOLE
George 6mos George 9
Joseph LIGHT Mary Ann
Harriet 10 James QUARREL
Henry CHUBB Ann 11
Elizabeth Grace 9
Mary Ann 2 James 7
William 1 Sarah 5
James APPLIN, Junr. Samuel
Eliza 8 Maria 4mo
James 5 John CLARKE
Thomas William 9
Eliza 6
Eli 2
Ann DIMENT
Angelena 3
William GODSELL
One
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Age Age
George DAW Junr. James DUNFORD
William Ann 4
George 2 George
James PAUL Jacob
James 7 John CLARE Senr.
Thomas George
Elizabeth James
Moses BUGLER Richd. BUGLER
Edwin 5 Elizabeth 3
Ann 3 Susan 2mo
Selina 7mos Thomas CASSON
John CHUBB Sarah 3
Elizabeth 7 Thomas
Charles 5 Joseph MARSH
Daniel 2 Charles
Jane 4mo Daniel HANN
William DAW Eliza 8
Samuel 7 Charles 5
George 6 George 3
Martha 3 John 9mo
Elizabeth John BUGLER
John POMERY Joseph
Mary 6 Lydia BURBRIDGE
Jane George 5
John 3 John PAUL
Henry 1 George 8
John GEAR Ann 5
Jemima 6 Madelaine
Sophia George PAUL
Emanuel 2mo Richard 7
Joseph BARRETT Henry
Sarah 9 Mary Ann 3
Mary 5 Eliza 7mo
William 2 Saml. RENDLE
Grace PEARCE Elizabeth 7
Grace 8 Charlotte 5
Peter BURBIDGE Hester BARTER
Peter Aaron 8
John 9wks William 4
Josiah QUARREL Samuel PAUL
Harriet Eliza 8
David George BACON
William HOARE, George 8
shoemaker Henry 6
James 7 Elizabeth
Sarah 6 Maria 12w
Richard 3 Rebecca MARCH
Philip CRABB Walter
George 9 Jemima
Robert MEADWAY Harriet 1
William 8 Thos. LOVERIDGE
Susan 6 Jane 4
George KEECH Henry
Harriet 9 Willm. BRINSON
George 6 John 7
John MARSH Thomas 3
Madeleina 6 Susan 5wks
Alfred 4 John HOUSE
James Susan 7
William BARRETT 30 Willm. DYKE
William 9 Henry 6
Ann 6 Richard 2
Catherine 3 Bryant MILLS
John 2 Bryant 7
Robert HOLT Henry GALE
James 7 George 8
Simeon
Jane 8mo
Kitty MARSH
David 8
Isaac 6
Susan 4
Ann 2
Samuel 1
Barbra WEAVER 10
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Age Age
Moses GREENHAM
Isaac 7
Susan 6
James 1
Richd. TRUMP
Charles 7
Willm. BARRATTS
Eliza 7
Nicholas 6
Thomas 1
John PARKER
Harriet 9
George 6
William 2
Henry ALLEN
David 8
Joseph SAUNDERS
James
Sarah
Elizabeth 3
Ruth
George ALLEN
John 2
James HILL
Caroline 7
George 5


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Treatment at Exeter Eye Infirmary, 1834

In 1834 Henry DYKE of Beaminster was sent to Exeter at the parish’s expense for treatment at the Eye Infirmary.  There are two documents recording this: a letter from the Eye Infirmary requesting payment for Dyke’s board and lodgings while he was an out-patient in Exeter, and a bill for his carriage from Exeter and accommodation.  Both documents can be found in Overseers of the Poor, Beaminster, Vouchers (Dorset History Centre, reference PE/BE: OV 3/8).  In one of the surgeons’ bills below, there is a reference to a cataract operation for a Henry DIKE in 1836.

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[Envelope]

[To]  Mr. Wm. CLIFT, Assistant Overseer, Beaminster

[From] N Z, Exeter Eye Infirmary

 

[Letter]

Dear Sir,

The money due for the board & lodging of Henry DYKE during the time of his being in Exeter as an Out Patient of the Eye Infirmary has not been paid.

Will you forward it to the Secretary Mr. WETHEY at Redfield & Co, or to the Eye Infirmary.

Yr Obit Servt

Saml BARNES

Exeter April 14. 1834

The sum is £1. 16. 0.

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 [Bill for carriage and accommodation]

1834 Beamr Parrish – to – Rt. GILL £ s d
Feby. 22 For Expences From Exon & at Acmn. = 4 5
For Carriage of Hy. DIKE = 2 6
Received Rt. GILL = 6 11


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Surgeons’ bills for treatments and operations, 1835-36

The following bills were sent to the overseers of Beaminster by parish surgeons J. and T. DANIEL for various treatments, including cataract operations, cupping, treating fractures and applying leeches.  The originals are in Overseers of the Poor, Beaminster, Vouchers (Dorset History Centre, reference PE/BE: OV 3/8).

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The Overseers of Beaminster Parish
To   J. and T. DANIEL
1835
March Reducing Wm. DAWs Childs Fractured
Leg   Lotions &c 2. 2. 0.
Reducing Giles GODDARDs Fractured
Hand   Applications &c 1. 1. 0.
Apr 7 Removing a tumour from J BUGLERs Child   . 10. 6.
      22 Reducing John JACKS Fract. Leg &c 1. 1. 0.
May Attending Wm. SKEATES and attending
the Coroners Inquest on Wm. SKEATES 2. 2. 0.
June 2 A visit to Harriet STAPLE at Stoke
       5                                Do.   . 3. 6.
       9                                Do.   . 3. 6.
       14                                Do.   . 3. 6.
       19                                Do.   . 3. 6.
July 4 Reducing Mary HALLETs Sons dislocated knee   . 1. 0.
      17 Reducing Wm. DAWs Sons Fractured Leg
Lotions &c 2. 2. 0.
       28 Reducing Samuel MILLS Fractured
Leg   Lotions &c 2. 2. 0.
Turn over £12. 19. 0.
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Brought over 12. 19. 0.
Novr. 1st A visit to Mary TOY at Netherbury   . 3. 6.
         2 Application of six Leeches to Thos. BUGLERs Son   . 6. 0.
         4 Mary TOY a Visit   . 3. 6.
         7                              Do.   . 3. 6.
         12                              Do.   . 3. 6.
Decr. 3 Reducing Thos CHUBBs Sons Fract. Arm 1. 1. 0.
Attending Henry PAUL from Jany 3rd to
Jany 11th   Introducing Catheter &c 1. 1. 0.
Feby. 27 1836  A visit to Martha GUDGE Netherbury   . 3. 6.
         29                              Do.   . 3. 6.
Attending the Paupers from Lady Day 1835
to Lady Day 1836 40. 0. 0.
£56. 8. 10
March 25th. 1836
Recd. J. W. DANIEL

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It is clear from the document above that the surgeons billed the parish overseers annually (Lady Day to Lady Day).  In 1836 they presented one more bill (below), after which the Beaminster Poor Law Union became responsible for medical treatment of the local paupers.

The Overseers of Beaminster Parish
To   J. and T. DANIEL
1836
April 12th Operating for Cataract on Henry DIKE [DYKE] 1. 1. 0.
Operating for Cataract of on Joseph GEAR 1. 1. 0.
27 Samuel STAPLEs Wife   Visits to Stoke   . 3. 6.
         Reducing Hernia &c.   . 10. 6.
29 An elastic steel truss 1. 1. 0.
30 Operation of Cupping on Moses GRENHAM [GREENHAM]   . 5. 0.
May 6th Samuel STAPLEs Wife   a Visit    . 3. 6.
17 Amputating John COLEs Daughters
thigh.    Lotions &c. 10. 10. 0.
Attending the Paupers from March 25th
to May 21st 6. 13.  4.
£21. 8. 10
Received.
J. W. DANIEL
June 24. 1836

 

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