In 1905 Lincoln was gripped by typhoid fever. The germs were in the tap water and killed both rich and poor. In this documentary, Andrew Blow tells the story with the help of letters and cards written at the time. They were sent to Alderman Thomas Smith of Newark to thank him for organising daily clean water supplies to Lincoln. The cache of mail brings the typhoid crisis and Edwardian Lincoln back to life.
A hundred and thirty-one local people died and more than a thousand fell ill after contracting typhoid from river-drawn tap water. “Lincoln and Typhoid” was Highly Commended in the Documentary Awards of the Institute of Videography.