1849 - Cholera in Portsmouth

Cholera strikes the town during the summer months. The town records state that there were 800 interments at Kingston Churchyard and St. Thomas’s Churchyard; they were buried in batches usually before eight o’clock in the morning. 26th September was set aside as a day of humiliation and prayer. The Dockyard and other Government establishments in the area were closed. By 15th November the plague had disappeared and general thanksgiving services were held throughout the towns of Portsmouth and Portsea. The crisis in over-filled burial ground forced the town council to appoint a special Committee to consider the provision of another burying ground.