Ann Egdell

      First victim of the outbreak     

      d.Sept 23rd 1849



The very first recorded victim of the cholera outbreak was Ann Egdell, a spinster living at 19 Clayport Street. She was one of many from that street who died in the outbreak, and the first of 12 Alnwick residents  to die on the 23rd September 1849.

Ann is described as a dressmaker- as were many single women at that time whose career options were extremely limited. Some might know that “dressmaker” was the euphemism used on the census reports around that time for a prostitute, although we have no reason to slur Ann’s good name.

Despite Egdell being a common name in Alnwick we could not find a direct link from Ann to any of the other Egdell families.  She is something of a mystery, as is where the cholera bacterium had come from to reach her.

One of the characteristics of the cholera bacterium is that not everyone who is infected with cholera goes on to develop symptoms. It is therefore possible that a carrier like a travelling salesman or delivery driver had brought the disease into the town, whilst appearing quite well.


Eleanor Taylor was present at Ann’s death-see certificate above. She also lived at 19 Clayport Street, but did not die in the epidemic.  An original building still exists at number 19, Clayport St  and is  now Alnwick Launderette.

1849 Cholera Outbreak
Ann Allison George, Susan and Isabella Anderson Ann Appleby John Douglas Arnott John Balmer Ann Bamburgh Isabella Bell Jane Berkley Sarah, Robert, Sarah Black Dorothy and Jane Brankston Ann Brown Isabella Burn Elizabeth Burnett Sarah Burnett Mary Carr Thomas Carr John Cavenah Julia Dixon, Appalina Cooper Harvey and Catherine Cross Edward Davis George and Jane Davison William Dick John and Sarah Dickman Isabella Dixon Adam Dixon Rebecca Dobbs John Douglas Jane Douglas Jane Duncan Robert Duncan Ann Egdell Ralph Emmerson Ann Fawdon, Ann Fawdon Mary Ann Featherstone Henry and Ellen Mary Ferguson Isabella Flannaghan George and Eleanor Forster Robert Gardner Elizabeth Gray Dorothy Grey Robert Grey Thomasine Grey Mary and Henry Hedley Mary Henderson James and Ann Hindmarsh William Howey Ann Hudson, Ann Hudson George Hume, Alice Hume John Hunter Dorothy Jameson, Jane Jackson Joseph Jamison Thomas Jeffrey Elizabeth Jobson Mary Joicey James Keen, Margery Keen Frances Laing George Lindsay, John Lindsay Catherine Lockey James Lockey Ann Lough Patrick Macone Margaret Marshall Mary Maule Latitia McLaughlin James McMillan Thomas McMillan Neil McNab Elizabeth Mennim Catherine Metcalf Ann Middlemas Margaret Millar Mary Mills Margaret Moffit Jane Morrison Ann Nesbitt Ann Newton John Newton James Paxton Ann Pearson Mary and Isabella Pickard George Pike Rebecca Quin Mary and William Ramsay George Reed Thomas and Ann Robarts Michael Sanderson James Skelly George Slight Elizabeth Smails John Smith Sarah Smith John Snowdon Jane Snowdon Robert Stansfield John Stocker Robert Tate Dinah and Charlotte Tate George Taylor Grace and Jane Taylor Mary Thew Thomas Thompson Jane Thompson Henry Tinson John Walker Robert Wallace Alice Wardhaugh John and Robert Wardle Thomas Wilkinson James Williams Mary Wilson Elizabeth Wood Appendix-James Wood