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St Giles without Cripplegate. 'The Churchyards were choked.' Dr Vincent explained the pits 'are stuft so full with dead corpses, that they are in many places swell’d two or three foot higher than they were before.' Dead-carts were used ‘in a desperate attempt to clear the streets of corpses.' So many were the deaths that the fear grew that too few would survive to bury their dead and London would become virtually depopulated.

St Giles without Cripplegate. 'The Churchyards were choked.' Dr Vincent explained the pits 'are stuft so full with dead corpses, that they are in many places swell’d two or three foot higher than they were before.' Dead-carts were used ‘in a desperate attempt to clear the streets of corpses.' So many were the deaths that the fear grew that too few would survive to bury their dead and London would become virtually depopulated.

Cornwallis surrenders to Washington at Yorktown...  THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1782 newspaper...

Cornwallis surrenders to Washington at Yorktown... THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1782 newspaper...

Plague broadsheet comprising 9 scenes relating to the 1665 plague.

Plague broadsheet comprising 9 scenes relating to the 1665 plague.

Order to the Clergy of London concerning the King’s command by Humphrey Henchman (1592-1675) Bishop of London, 1665. To 'require all Ministers of Parishes' in the City and those 'in the Bills of Mortality, to publish' in their own Churches, that Wednesday 12th July be observed as a day of fasting in all Parishes, spent in the Public 'Worship of God' by 'Prayer, Repentance and Works of Charity' the 'people of this Kingdom may be prepared' to prevent this 'pestilence from the land.'

Order to the Clergy of London concerning the King’s command by Humphrey Henchman (1592-1675) Bishop of London, 1665. To 'require all Ministers of Parishes' in the City and those 'in the Bills of Mortality, to publish' in their own Churches, that Wednesday 12th July be observed as a day of fasting in all Parishes, spent in the Public 'Worship of God' by 'Prayer, Repentance and Works of Charity' the 'people of this Kingdom may be prepared' to prevent this 'pestilence from the land.'

Londons Remembrancer: A true account of every particular weeks, Christenings and Mortality in all the years of Pestilence. Taken out of the Register of the Company of Parish Clerks of London, with observations, published for satisfaction and prevention of false papers, by John Bell, Clerk to the Company of Parish Clerks. In 1665, John Bell described that the Bills of Mortality was ‘of very great use and necessity’ as it provided ‘a general notice of the plague’ and places infected.

Londons Remembrancer: A true account of every particular weeks, Christenings and Mortality in all the years of Pestilence. Taken out of the Register of the Company of Parish Clerks of London, with observations, published for satisfaction and prevention of false papers, by John Bell, Clerk to the Company of Parish Clerks. In 1665, John Bell described that the Bills of Mortality was ‘of very great use and necessity’ as it provided ‘a general notice of the plague’ and places infected.

Remedies against the infection of the plague, by John Belson (1625-1704). From the Bills of Mortality 1602-1666. London, 1665.

Remedies against the infection of the plague, by John Belson (1625-1704). From the Bills of Mortality 1602-1666. London, 1665.

The highest number of plague deaths recorded in one week was that for 12th September to the 19th September, with a total of 7165. From London’s Dreadful  Visitation, the Bills of Mortality, 1665. To access the library catalogue, click on the image and then the link below.

The highest number of plague deaths recorded in one week was that for 12th September to the 19th September, with a total of 7165. From London’s Dreadful Visitation, the Bills of Mortality, 1665. To access the library catalogue, click on the image and then the link below.

Loimologia: or, an Historical Account of the Plague in London with directions against the infection by Dr Nathaniel Hodges (1629-1688) Fellow of the College of Physicians.  He was present in London throughout 1665. First published in Latin titled: Loimologia; sive, Pestis nuperae apud populum Londinensem grassantis narratio historica, in  1672.  Includes the rise and progress, the cause, signs and the cure of the pestilence.

Loimologia: or, an Historical Account of the Plague in London with directions against the infection by Dr Nathaniel Hodges (1629-1688) Fellow of the College of Physicians. He was present in London throughout 1665. First published in Latin titled: Loimologia; sive, Pestis nuperae apud populum Londinensem grassantis narratio historica, in 1672. Includes the rise and progress, the cause, signs and the cure of the pestilence.

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