Blackdeath in Norfolk
Black Death 1349

The Black Death is a modern expression given in the 19th century to the bubonic plague. 

It is believed that the plague originated in China in the 1340ís. 

By 1348 it had reached the South of France where it totally devastated the Papal City of Avignon. 

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In Hunstanton,  during the months of September and October of 1349, 63 men and 15 women died of this deadly pestilence.

This number increased to a total of 172 by the end of six months. At the end of 1350 it had been estimated that at least half of the population of Norfolk and Suffolk were dead.

At the end of 1348 it had crossed the channel to England. 

Within 12 months this horrific epidemic, would leave between a third and a half of this nation's population dead!

On January 1st 1349 the then King, Edward III issued a proclamation, canceling parliament because the deadly pestilence had reached the doors of Westminster.

In June of 1349 the plague arrived in Norfolk.


For the next three centuries the plague continued to break out. 

The city of Norwich was ravaged by it following Queen Elizabeth's I visit. 

The last major outbreak was in 1665 when in London a quarter of the inhabitants died.