Opium Eating: The Lincolnshire Fens in the early nineteenth-century

All Things Georgian

Today’s blog is going to be a sad little tale of a family destroyed by opium in late Georgian England. It perhaps struck us so much because the family lived not in an inner city slum but instead in the flat and open agricultural landscape of the Lincolnshire Fens, a marshland close to the Wash, an estuary on the eastern coastline of England.

We’ll turn first to a newspaper report on the inquest of a child belonging to this family, poor little Rebecca Eason who was actually younger than mentioned; she had not yet reached her fifth birthday.

An inquest was held at Whaplode on the 21st inst., by Samuel Edwards, Gent. coroner, on view of the body of Rebecca Eason, a child aged 5 years, who had been diseased from its birth and was unable to walk or to articulate, and from its size did not…

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2 thoughts on “Opium Eating: The Lincolnshire Fens in the early nineteenth-century

  1. A tragic tale indeed, but no doubt common in remote areas of England in the early 1800s. I would imagine that opium would have been a welcome escape from the harsh realities of their existence. This cycle seems to have been continued in modern times by the use of crack cocaine by young women with similar hopeless futures.
    Best wishes, pete.

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