A history of the great london plague in 1665

When finally covered with earth it housed 1, corpses. However, many were desperate to try anything. The Lord Mayor and aldermen town councillors remained to keep order. Instructions were given to build pest-houses, which were essentially isolation hospitals built away from other people where the sick could be cared for or stay until they died.

There is no doubt that the readily plague spread across London with deaths recorded in Whitechapel to the east, Bermondsey to the south-east, Clerkenwell to the north and Westminster in the east. I found all the town almost going out of town, the coaches and wagons being all full of people going into the country.

Around that time, the plague outbreak ended. Alison Telfer from Museum of London Archaeology Mola showed me around the area planned for one of the downward escalators going into the future Broadgate ticket hall at Liverpool Street.

Giles began to rise, an attempt was made to quarantine the area and constables were instructed to inspect everyone wishing to travel and contain inside vagrants or suspect persons. What were the symptoms of the plague? Quarantining of ships had been used during previous outbreaks and was again introduced for ships coming to London in Novemberfollowing outbreaks in Amsterdam and Hamburg.

So while the plague map of London may have shown areas relatively free of the plague, they may not have been. Typically, this meant searchers would be old women who were illiterate, might know little about identifying diseases and who would be open to dishonesty.

Thinking bad air was involved in transmission, the authorities ordered giant bonfires to be burned in the streets and house fires to be kept burning night and day, in hopes that the air would be cleansed.

The better-off used hackney carriages and sedan chairs to get to their destinations without getting filthy. Quarantine measures against ships coming from the Dutch Republic were put in place in 29 other ports from May, commencing with Great Yarmouth. Here no deaths were recorded.

Although it had first appeared in Britain inthe islands were never totally free of plague, but it was like an unpleasant possibility that people just learned to live with while they got on with their business. London got so empty that grass started to grow on the streets.

Plague had been around in England for centuries but in the so-called Great Plague hit the country — though it was Stuart London that took the worst of the plague. Plague of JustinianBlack Deathand Third plague pandemic Plague was one of the hazards of life in Britain from its dramatic appearance in with the Black Death.

The credulous blamed emanations from the earth, "pestilential effluviums", unusual weather, sickness in livestock, abnormal behaviour of animals or an increase in the numbers of moles, frogs, mice or flies. One of his close friends at this time was Nathaniel Hodges — a qualified doctor who helped plague victims.

London and the Great Plague of 1665

The plague broke out in the village of Eyam in Derbyshire, brought on a shipment of old clothes sent from London. Desperate Measures By mid July over 1, deaths per week were reported in the city.

Vanessa Harding, professor of London history at Birkbeck, University of Londondescribes the experience of Londoners at the time. For some, a swift death was merciful. However, records say the first person to die of the plague in London was Rebecca Andrews, on 12 April An outbreak was suspected in the winter ofbut it did not spread intensely until the spring of A red cross and the words "Lord have mercy upon us" would be painted on the door.

However, many could not afford these.During the Great Plague of London (), the disease called the bubonic plague killed aboutpeople in London, England. In seven months, almost one quarter of London's population (one out of every four Londoners) died from the plague.

The Plague of 1665

The History Learning Site, 17 Mar 23 Sep Plague had been around in England for centuries but in the so-called Great Plague hit the country – though it. Great Plague of London: History, Outbreak & Facts.

The Great Plague of London was a major moment in English The Great Plague of occurred because rats infested with the Yersinia. In the year death came calling on the city of London. Death in the form of plague. People called it the Black Death, black for the colour of the tell-tale lumps that foretold its presence in a victim's body, and death for the inevitable result.

The plague germs were carried by fleas which lived. In two successive years of the 17th century London suffered two terrible disasters.

In the spring and summer of an outbreak of Bubonic Plague spread from parish to parish until thousands had died and the huge pits dug to receive the bodies were full. In the Great Fire of London destroyed. The Great Plague of London, **** Jim Peter The Great Fire of London, September **** Jim Peter Extract from “Anarchists, Hippies and Other Undesirables”, A book by David White & Mikaya Heart.

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