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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:26 am 
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Manchester Times

Saturday 12 May 1849

Births, Deaths, and Marriages

From the report just issued by the registrar-general of births, deaths, and marriages, we select the following particulars respecting this district for the quarter ending 31st March last:- Burnley: Births, 282; deaths, 228; marriages, 413. Births in the corresponding quarter last year, 260. The deaths registered in each month are as follow:- January, 63; February, 91; March, 74. Corresponding quarter last year, 193. Epidemics in any great force have not visited the district, which may be ascribed generally to the increasing comforts of the working people. The prevailing diseases have been bronchitis, fatal in twenty-seven cases; phthisis, twelve; consumption, fifteen; typhus, three; diarrhoea, seven; croup, seven; smallpox, two; asthma, nine; English cholera, one; hooping cough, four; pneumonia, four. One hundred and twenty-nine cases are certified, and fifty-nine had no medical attendant whatever. -Colne: Births, 232; deaths, 124. The deaths are twelve above the average of last year, and thirteen more than in the quarter ending March, 1848. There have been no deaths from cholera or typhus during the quarter. The greatest number of deaths have been those of children who have died of convulsions, three of small-pox, and one of measles. —Pendle; Births, 28; deaths, 14. The births and deaths of this quarter are above the average. Only one large family has removed out of the district this quarter. The population are fully employed.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:18 pm 

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The last sentence is telling. There was far from full employment only six or so years earlier, at a time of great distress for the handloom weavers at least. The factory boom had I think really got going in NE Lancs by 1849.

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