We who hang out a lot in cemeteries are Aaron Columbus and Anna Cusack. We are both PhD students at Birkbeck, University of London.
Aaron's research is focused on plague and the poor in the suburban environs of seventeenth-century London. He is generally interested in social history of the early modern period.
Anna's research is on the marginalised dead of London during the seventeenth and early eighteenth century. She has a general interest in the social and economic history of the early modern period.
This blog is just a fun way of sharing some of the stories we find while carrying out our research and other musings along the bumpy road of a PhD.
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30 July 2019
Sometimes during my research, which currently involves collecting and collating information about the treatment of a corpse after death, I come across the story of an individual who...
15 May 2019
The clerk at St Botolph Bishopsgate, a large suburban parish to the north-east of London’s walls, entered the baptism of Bennett, the ‘reput[ed]’ daughter of John...
11 February 2019
The parish of St Giles Cripplegate kept meticulous records of those it interred and was one of the earliest to start recording the known cause of each death in response to an Act passed...
3 January 2019
On November 30, 1625, the churchwardens of the Westminster parish of St Martin in the Fields paid the carpenter Thomas Potham for his ‘workmanshipp in settinge upp shedds in the...