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Postcard entitled "Getting daily supply water G. N. Holmes siding typhoid outbreak Lincoln 1905"

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Reference Name MISC DON 1388

A group of people, mainly woman and children, are shown collecting water from a railway engine tender in the Great Northern Railway's Holmes Siding; a number of railwaymen can be seen on the right-hand side of the photograph.

On 24 March 1905, in response to the outbreak of typhoid in Lincoln, the GNR began running a daily train into the city, which carried water from their artesian well at Willoughby, near Alford. It seems likely that the tender shown in the postcard belonged to one of these "water trains".

Addressed to Miss O Atkinson, 6 Montrose Terrace, Granby Street, Spring Bank. Hull.
Message: "Have you any thing like this at Hull hope not. We are all free thank God so far. And the outlook is much better now." Signature illegible.
Postmarked: 5 April 1905.

Extent: 1 item

Date: 1905

Repository: Lincolnshire Archives [057]

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