Weymouth and the Black Death
Published by: Curtis Williams 14/03/2016 at 4:41 pm
Did you know that Weymouth had the first recorded case of The Black death in the UK?
A recent tweet about Weymouth’s Black Death plaque is making a buzz on Twitter.
The Black Death came to Britain in 1348 and killed 30 – 50% of the country’s population. A seaman who had contracted the disease slept on the north side of Weymouth (then Melcombe) Harbour, near where The George Pub stands now, just before moving to Dorchester and from then on the disease spread. It didn’t take long to get to the major cities and over the next 400 years, epidemics broke out again and again, killing millions of people.
Weymouth street name derivatives include Helen Lane – aka ‘Hell Lane’ and ‘Healing Lane’. Helen Lane can be found just off Custom House Quay on the Harbourside – it is said that all of the residents who lived here died.
In 2015 there was a bit of controversy over whether The Black Death did actually spawn from the infamous Black Rats or whether it came from Asia’s Giant Gerbils sparking off interest as to what really did start the most deadly epidemics the world has ever seen. To read more visit www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31588671