We learnt that Lypiatt Park, with its Strawberry Hill Gothic style mansion, and which was the home of the late Sculptor, Lynn Chadwick, was to be open for one day by kind permission of his son. As the parkland is full of his sculpture we were keen to see it. However, there was a restriction on numbers able to attend, and a ballot was held last week, but we were unlucky. Hopefully, we will have another chance next year.
Our alternative choice, was to visit the home of the pioneer of smallpox vaccination, and the father of immunology, an immense medical breakthrough which has saved countless lives. By 1980 vaccination had wiped out this devastating and disfiguring disease from the world.
|Edward Jenner by James Northcote (1749 - 1823)|
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Dr. Jenner's House - Birthplace of Vaccination
Jenner's house sits under the shadow of the imposing Berkeley Castle, built in Norman times, and close to the River Severn.
Smallpox accounted for one third of child deaths and an average of one in eleven of all deaths.
This image clearly shows what a dreadful scourge it was, and how, if the victim survived, they would be scarred forever.
Jenner's study showing the cow horn from Blossom. This cow infected a milkmaid with Cowpox through contact with it's udder. He extracted liquid from the Cowpox pustule on the milkmaid's arm in order to carry out his first vaccination on an 8 year old local boy.
In this little garden hut which Jenner called his Temple to Vaccinia he vaccinated, on certain days, the poor of the district free of charge. Quite often the queues stretched into the town.