The first recorded Smallpox vaccination

Edward Jenner is renown as the “father of smallpox vaccination”. Perhaps rightly so, for he dedicated his life, money and reputation to spreading the use of vaccination. In 1774,some twenty years before Jenner first used vaccination on a boy called James Phipps in 1796, at Berkeley in Gloucestershire, a farmer’s wife, together with her two sons was vaccinated by her husband at Yetminster in Dorset.

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Yetminster, Dorset (1831)

This description of the parish of Buckland Newton and it’s chapelries of Chetnole and Leigh is taken from ‘A Topographical Dictionary of England’, published by Samuel Lewis in 1831.

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