Medical care of the poor, Beaminster, c. 1830-60

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, and the alternatives to hospital treatment available to the poor via the parish doctor and the local Poor Law Union during the hospital’s first twenty years.

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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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Paupers receiving outdoor relief due to sickness and infirmity, 1849

The following is a partial transcript of a list of poor people receiving out-door relief, which was sent by the Beaminster Union to the overseers of the parish of Beaminster. It is headed ‘LIST of PAUPERS whose Relief is charged against the Parish, for the Half-Year ending Michaelmas 1849’. The list gives the names of those receiving relief because of infirmity and sickness (as well as widows, orphans, ‘idiots’, and mothers of illegitimate children) and the original includes the amount of money paid to each individual in cash and kind. This document is in Overseers of the Poor, Beaminster, Papers (Dorset History Centre, reference PE/BE: OV 9/2).

Names of the Paupers. If not in the above Parish, where resident. Cause of requiring Relief.
CLARE John Beaminster Infirmity
HOSKINS Ann
BARTER Ann
GEAR Joseph
DAW Mary
RAINDLE Joan
POMERY Betty
BAILEY Elizabeth
PULLMAN Thomas
HILL Mary
PEARCE Grace
MARSH Samuel
TUCK Mary
DAW George
DUNFORD Sarah
BARRETT Benjamin
HUTCHINS John
DYKE William
MOORE Margaret
BURBIDGE Elizabeth
HOSKINS Mary
PAULL Richard
COLE Ann
BARTER John
COLLINS Samuel
SIBLEY Peter
ALLEN Henry
RENDLE Sarah
HOARE Hanah
WILKINS Martha
BUGLER Sarah
MARSH Sarah
DYKE Mary

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Names of the Paupers. If not in the above Parish, where resident. Cause of requiring Relief.
BOWDITCH John Beaminster Infirmity
ALLAN Mary
PAULL George
HALLETT Robert
PAULL William Melbury Osmond
GALE Sarah Beaminster
QUARRELL James
HOUSE John
FLOOD Mary
TRUMP Sarah
BARRETT John
BUGLER Thomas
HAWKER James
MOORE John
QUARRELL John
SYMES William
POOLE Benjamin
MILLS Bryant
BUGLER Thomas
HEARN William
MILLS Samuel
RAINDLE Samuel
BAKER John
MOODY Sarah
BUGLER John
FARNHAM Henry
HANSFORD John
STAPLE Sarah
CLARE Mary
RENDLE Mary
GIBBS Jane
HARWOOD James
FROOM Betty

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Names of the Paupers. If not in the above Parish, where resident. Cause of requiring Relief.
KENT William Beaminster Infirmity
WHITE John
PAULL Samuell
HOLT Henry
POOLE Joseph
ENGLAND William
GALE Daniel
HALLETT Harriett
POMERY Ann
RAYMOND John
DENT Mary
GODSELL Ann
ALLEN Henry
QUARRELL James
BARTLETT William
DIMENT Ann
SYMES Matthew
BROWN Hiram
MILLS James
HOLT Robert
DUNSTER Henry
MEADWAY Robert
BARTLETT Jeremiah
GIBBS Elizabeth
HARWOOD Mary
DUNFORD James
DAW James
STAPLE Edmund Stoke Abbott
ELLIOTT Mary Beaminster
HANN James
BRINSON Joseph
PAULL George
QUARRELL James

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Names of the Paupers. If not in the above Parish, where resident. Cause of requiring Relief.
DAY Elizabeth Beaminster Infirmity
ROSSITER Benjamin
GEAR Edward
RENDLE John
GERRARD John
GERRARD Elizabeth
POMERY Elizabeth
GODSELL William
GIBBS James
WEBB Elizabeth Widow
BULLOCK Susan do.
SEXEY Sarah do.
MARSH Rebecca do.
WHEADON Mary do.
MARSH Catharine do.
FOX Ann do.
GREENHAM Mary do.
POMERY Sarah do.
HOLLOWAY My. Ann do.
WEAVER Sarah do.
COX Ann do.
HANN My. Ann do.
ROLLS My. Ann do.
HOUSE Elizabeth do.
HOSKINS Sophia do.
PAULL Sophia do.
MARSH My. Ann do.
QUARRELL Martha do.
TUCK Maria do.
STOODLEY Robert Orphan
STOODLEY John do.
BARTER William Idiot
GREENHAM Isaac do.

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Names of the Paupers. If not in the above Parish, where resident. Cause of requiring Relief.
MARSH Lucy Beaminster Orphan
CHUBB Henry Sickness
MARSH John do.
FARNHAM George do.
STONE George do.
DAW Robert do.
CHUBB John do.
MILLS Harriott
CLEALE Thomas Mosterton Sickness
SLADE Susan Beaminster
APLIN Henrietta Broadwinsor
MEECH Robert Beaminster
BOUTCHER Hanah Widow
BRINSON Priscilla Sickness
SWAFFIELD William
BARTLETT John
HILL John Infirmity
BACON George Sickness
LIGHT Joseph Infirmity
TRUMP John Sickness
BARTLETT James do.
WHEADON John Infirmity
APLIN Henry Sickness
HALLETT Emily do.
MOORE John do.
TUCK Elizabeth do.
BARRATT Joseph do.
MARSH Daniel do.
GERRARD George do.
MORGAN Henry Infirmity
HOSKINS Richard Sickness
HARWOOD Elizabeth Widow
DUNSBURY William Sickness

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Names of the Paupers. If not in the above Parish, where resident. Cause of requiring Relief.
TRUMP Eliza Beaminster Unable to maintain bastard
GREENHAM William Sickness
RENDLE William do.
DAW Samuel Insufficiency
DAW George do.
PAULL William Sickness
QUARRELL Samuel
ELLIOTT Benjamin
WATTS James
DUNFORD Charles
PAULL Samuell
DYKE William
MEECH John
GUY Jasper
FRAMPTON Thomas
DICKER Jane
RENDLE Richard
PAULL Joseph
BROWN Mary
POMERY Henry
ELLIOTT Emmanuel
PAUL Richard
DYKE John
TUCK Thomas
PAULL Thomas
GUPPY Christopher
BISHOP George
PAULL George
NEWBERY Elizabeth Chard Widow
BUGLER Thomas Sickness
TRUMP Richard
GIBBS Samuel
WALDREN Elizabeth

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Names of the Paupers. If not in the above Parish, where resident. Cause of requiring Relief.
APLIN Ann Beaminster Infirmity
STONE Samuell
HOARE William
ALLAN George
COX William Sickness
TRUMP Louisa
TRUMP My. Ann
POMERY John
RENDLE John Infirmity
HOARE William Sickness
DAW William
BUGLER Charles
GROVES Mary Infirmity
BUGLER Mary do.
HILL John Poole Sickness
PAULL Henry Beaminster do.
TUCK Eleanor
TRUMP Ann
RICHARDS Henry Sickness
BOWDITCH Mary Infirmity
CRABB John do.
WHEADON Elizabeth do.
DUNN Eliza [blank]
RUSSELL Sarah Unable to maintain bastard
WHEADON Henry Infirmity
ALLAN William Sickness
RENDLE Robert do.
POOLE John do.
DUNN Thomas do.
DYKE John do.
BURRIDGE George Netherbury do.
PAULL Richard Beaminster do.
TRUMP Henry do. do.

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Names of the Paupers. If not in the above Parish, where resident. Cause of requiring Relief.
? Martha Guernsey Widow
DAW George Beaminster Sickness
KERSLAKE Mary Infirmity
KNIGHT James do.
SLADE Ann Widow
ROGERS Mary do.
ROGERS William [blank]
BARTLETT Henry Sickness
NEWBERY John do.
FROOME Charles do.
CROSS Jane
ELLIOTT John do.
BAGG Betty Infirmity
GREEN Edward Sickness
MEECH James do.
BILES Thomas do.
COLE John Bridport do.
HANSFORD Edwd. Beaminster do.
POMERY John do.
DICKER John do.
DAW Martha do.
RENDLE Fanny do.
MEECH William do.
HOARE James do.

 


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Paupers receiving medical poor relief, 1855-59

The following are details of paupers receiving relief from the Beaminster Poor Law Union with details of their condition and whether there was a medical report, i.e. whether they were examined by one of the Union’s medical officers.  The information has been extracted from the minutes of the Beaminster Board of Guardians (Dorset History Centre, reference BG/BE/A/1/2).

Meeting date Page First name Surname Parish Illness of Medical report Disease/condition
19 April 1855 4 Ambrose CONWAY Netherbury No Wife’s confinement
19 April 1855 4 Robert PARSONS Netherbury Wife Yes Fever
19 April 1855 4 Joseph SYMES Broadwinsor Self Yes Bad hand
19 April 1855 4 Thomas HOPKINS South Perrott No Wife’s confinement
19 April 1855 4 Robert FORSEY Stoke Abbott Wife Yes Influenza
19 April 1855 4 William SLADE Misterson No Wife’s confinement
19 April 1855 4 John BARTLETT Halstock No Wife’s confinement
19 April 1855 4 Charles SAUNDERS Cheddington No Spitting blood
19 April 1855 4 George HAWKER Common Fund Self Yes Inflamation of chest
26 April 1855 5 George SMITH Netherbury Himself Yes Accident
26 April 1855 5 James GUPPY Netherbury Himself Yes Inflamed hands
26 April 1855 5 John NEWBERRY Beaminster Himself Yes Sprained hands
26 April 1855 5 William CONWAY Beaminster Himself Yes Fever
26 April 1855 5 Solomon RENOLE Rampisham Family Yes Fever
26 April 1855 5 Joseph FRAMPTON East Chelboro Himself Yes Diseased liver
26 April 1855 5 Joseph GOFF Halstock Himself Yes Rheumatism
17 May 1855 11 Charles BUGLAR Beaminster Himself Yes Lumbago
17 May 1855 11 James CONWAY Beaminster Himself Yes Rheumatic fever
17 May 1855 11 Robert TRAVERS Netherbury Himself Yes Inflamation
17 May 1855 11 William PAUL Marshwood Himself Yes Inflamation
31 May 1855 13 William STRONG Beaminster Wife Yes Consumpton
31 May 1855 13 Henry DAW Beaminster Self Yes Fever
31 May 1855 13 James SMITH Corscombe Family Yes Fever
31 May 1855 13 James DIMENT Corscombe Self Yes Inflamation of lungs
31 May 1855 13 Robert PITCHER Melbury Osmond Self Yes Affection of the head
31 May 1855 13 David WILSON Poorstock Family Yes Fever
31 May 1855 13 Samuel CURTIS South Perrott Self Yes Cold
31 May 1855 13 John HERNE South Perrott Child No Broken leg

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Meeting date Page First name Surname Parish Illness of Medical report Disease/condition
3 March 1859 325 Noah HUSSEY Stoke Abbott Himself Yes Chest affection
3 March 1859 325 Henry READ Beaminster Himself Yes Bad cold
3 March 1859 325 Henry HANN Beaminster Himself Yes Abscess
17 March 1859 329 Benjamin BOWDITCH Beaminster Himself Yes Rheumatism
17 March 1859 329 Robert RENDELL Cheddington Himself Yes Broken leg
17 March 1859 329 Robert CHURCHILL Netherbury Himself Yes Jaundice
17 March 1859 329 William ELLIOTT Stoke Abbott Himself Yes Rheumatism
31 March 1859 332 John WAY Beaminster Himself Yes Constipation
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