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Your search for posts with tags containing Great Plague found 7 posts

Thomas Bonny at the sign of the Clothworkers’ Arms in Bedlam

A half penny tradesman’s token issued by Thomas Bonny of Bedlam The above brass half penny token measures 20.8 mm and weighs 2.28 grams. It was issued in the name of Thomas Bonny a tradesman who operated his business in the district of Bedlam in...
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 15 May 2016

Review: Restoration by Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain’s Restoration is probably one of the most popular novels set in the seventeenth century, and with good reason: it’s a great book. Originally published back in 1989, I was but four years old and obviously far too young to read...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 7 Sep 2015

John Patston at the Iron Gate, Tower of London

A farthing tradesman’s token issued by John Patston at the Iron Gate adjacent to the Tower of London The above copper farthing token measures 16.9 mm and weighs 1.10 grams. It was issued in the mid-17th century by John Patston a tradesman living...
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 8 Mar 2015

Catching the plague

  Medical staff treating an Ebola victim The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been one of the most alarming continuing stories of 2014. Seven thousand people have died and the West has been accused of being slow to respond. It is heartening to...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 15 Dec 2014

The Pastry Cook at the sign of the Crown in Shoe Lane

A pastry cook’s farthing token from Shoe Lane, London The copper farthing token, pictured above, measures 15.3 mm and weighs 0.95 grams. It was issued in 1657 by a pastry cook operating from premises at or by the sign of the Crown in Shoe Lane off...
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 30 Dec 2013

Edward Fish at the sign of the Sun in Wapping

A farthing token issued in the name of the Edward Fish of Wapping The brass farthing token, pictured above, measures 15.9 mm and weighs 0.80 grams. It was issued by Edward Fish, a pewterer trading at or by the sign of the Sun in Wapping, Middlesex. The...
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 25 Dec 2013

The Great Fire of London, 1666

The Great Fire of London was one of the great catastrophes to hit the reign of Charles II. Following the horrendous Great Plague of 1665, the only silver lining in this conflagration is that it seems to have eradicated the plague. Great! But we don’t...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 3 Sep 2013

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