Places of Resistance
Attercliffe, as you can tell if you zoom in closely, is a tiny village right outside of Sheffield. In the intro chapter, I narrated the incident of an incompetent cleansing team coming to "help" the people of Attercliffe deal with their cholera outbreak. However, as Sigsworth and Worboys record, "in their attack on the nuisances, the brigade was seen by local residents as behaving more like an army of occupation than a relief column" (Sigsworth & Worboys 243). Interestingly, Sigsworth and Worboys also report that "Sheffield escaped quite lightly" from the 1849 cholera epidemic, thus suggesting that their "vigorous response" to the Attercliffe epidemic had more to do with trying to prevent cholera from spreading into Sheffield than with trying to protect the people of Attercliffe. From this we can gather that when the Public Health Act of 1848 empowered towns to create local boards, they also empowered towns to force smaller outlying villages to conform to the interests of the more urban areas.
Sigsworth Michael and Michael Worboys. "The Public's View of Public Health in Mid- Victorian Britain." Urban History 21.2 (1994): 237-250. Web. 5 Feb. 2013.
Frances Thielman, “Attercliffe,” Appalachian State University, accessed December 3, 2023, https://omeka-dev.library.appstate.edu/items/show/10.
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