to Spelthorne Museum
is invited. Always Free.
Covid 19 Crisis the Museum is closed. We do have two new Exhibits
on line for you to see though. Enjoy!
site for those
Plague of 1866 and 1867
the research I have done on this it seems to have been a really
bad infestation of cattle over a 2 year period in England and
Scotland. As can be seen from the diary of John Ostle below
smaller farmers were losing their herds because probably the
precautions that were put in place recently with the foot and
mouth disease were not put in place then. However I would think
that the disease was not so easily spread as it was in modern
times with transport going long distances with cattle, and people
carrying it from one town to another. I know that during the
foot and mouth crises I went to America and those of us from
Britain had to walk through disinfectant before we were allowed
into the country. Back in the 1860's people did not travel such
long distances so the disease was not transported so heavily.
kept a journal in which he recorded the happenings,
both momentous and mundane of a Quaker farmer's life.
to Peter Ostle's information I have copied this
Journal to the Museum's space as it was difficult to
access the original. Copyright is the original writer
of the Journal.
January came in very windy with some showers. The Cattle plague
is spreading through the county like a roaring lion seeking
whom it may devour. Some say it is a Russian disease, they call
it the Renderpest. Some say it came from the heights of Siberia.
It came into Cumberland about the end of November by some men
of trade. T Lawson of Campfield brought it near Bowness in Cumberland.
One Johnston brought it to Cardulees by some cattle he bought
at Carlisle. Not in the market in a field near.
The cattle plague has got into the Holme a few days or a week
ago. W Mark of Angerton has nine died in two days. Named Rinderpest.
The magistrates are stopping all the sales of cattle that is
within two miles of a diseased stock. There was a plague among
cattle about one hundred years ago much like this by accounts.
Some say it raged about for twelve years. So if this Rinderpest
rages on as fast as it has lately, I think it will clear the
county of all the cattle in much less time than that.
W Carson, Foulsike, has not one of his stock left alive. They
are all either dead or destroyed. Sir R Brisco and Captain James
insists on destroying all the cattle where the disease breaks
out whether they are healthy and weal or ailing or recovering.
I doubt they are taking the power out of the Almighty hands.
I think the Lord will have some compassion on us and leave some
alive but Sir R Brisco and Captain James will leave none alive.
William Sharp and Joseph McFarren, New Cooper have got the plague
among their stock. They are destroying them fast. McFarren has
none left on the 20th April 1866. Sharp has some left yet. Three
Sterks, one cow, one calf.
Once Reopened out of hours group visits to the Museum can be
Also members can visit your group to give illustrated talks
on various local history subjects.
See 'Education' for further details
We have again revamped the website for the 40th Anniversary
of the Museum. Please take a look at the Queen's Award page,
the Accessibility page, the photos of Staines page and the Lino
page. There is also a map page showing how to get to us, people
are always saying to us that they didn't know that we are located
through the Library, on the map page we show photos of our building
related to everywhere else around us.
We also have
NEW pages showing the Exhibits that are supposed to be in the
Thames Room, however they can be seen on here while we are closed,
due to the Coronavirus.
Story of Spelthorne Museum
Outer: 4,000 year old lady
Inner: Lino Design