The Asiatic cholera Outbreak of 1849
19th Century Irish Imigrants
Throughout the 1840s large numbers of Irish refugees arrived in Liverpool, fleeing from the potato famine caused by blight. By the end of June 1847 approximately 300,000 had landed in Liverpool. There was already severe overcrowded in homes in the city and insufficient lodging- house places. As a result many of the refugees forced their way into the cellars which had been closed under the provisions of the Health Act of 1842, as unfit for human habitation. In one instance about forty people were found sleeping in one cellar.