Season Cancelled

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As now seems inevitable, but highly unlikely only a few weeks ago, the talks for April and May will have to be cancelled. Here is a letter from Marilyn Wilton-Smith, Chair of the History Sopciety. Dear All I think it … Continued

THE BLACK DEATH IN TITCHFIELD

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More morbid thoughts about mass epidemics. In October 1347 a Genoese ship came into Messina harbour in Sicily. All of the crew were dead or dying. The harbour authorities quarantined the vessel and crew but it was to no avail … Continued

Plague

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We are mercifully unaccustomed to plagues or epidemics, but our ancestors lived with the fact that disease would break out from time to time and take many lives. They called it the Plague. in the 16th and 17th centuries there … Continued