Health & Hygiene

Water, Water Everywhere

In 1841, when Bacup’s first census was conducted, the town’s water supply was severely lacking. The absence of a reservoir meant that residents relied solely on scattered wells. The quality of water from these wells varied significantly, with some sources being described as resembling sewage. One particularly notorious well was located in Down t Yard,

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Oh, the stench!

During the early 19th century in Bacup, most dwelling houses were in deplorable condition. Families crowded in cramped, poorly ventilated cellars and houses lacking proper drainage. These dismal living conditions posed significant health risks and hardships for the residents.   With only a limited number of toilets available, open cesspools became a common sight at

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