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In The Story of Hereford’s Hospitals (Charles Renton, Logaston Press, 1999) p 104, it says of the Bromyard Cottage Hospital in 1885:
<Dr. Horton, a subscriber, was in favour of building anew and commented strongly on the smell arising from the adjacent St. Peter’s churchyard. This contained an enormous cesspool, and was used for ‘gruntage’ by the townsmen, resulting in a very unsatisfactory atmosphere in the wards.>
None of us at the Bromyard & District Local History Society can trace this presumably local dialect word gruntage, although from the context it would seem to mean ‘dumping rubbish’.
Can ANYONE help?