Downham Hill is an outlying hill from the surrounding Cotswold escarpment, separated by a small valley. Due to the physical nature of the hill it lent itself to being a Smallpox isolation hospital during the 18th and 19th century, making it one of the earliest isolation hospitals in the country. It is believed that the hospital played a roll in Edward Jenner’s studies of the disease, and aided his eventual discovery of the Smallpox vaccine.

The hill has now become a local viewpoint with people unknowingly walking the same paths as their predecessors, in the hunt for a different version of isolation. With the hills past all but forgotten besides its local nickname, ‘Smallpox Hill.'

I originally focused solely on the hill itself, documenting the summit over a 12 month period.  During the UK's lockdown for Covid-19  I was drawn back to the idea of isolation and the part that Smallpox Hill plays, but this time investigating the surrounding landscape.

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