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Plague Stone

Subject ID:
Plague Stone
Leeds Library & Information Services
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D LID Plague (1)
Plague Stone
1918, This plague stone or trough, dated 1666 was found in a garden in Chapeltown Road. The depression in the stone would be filled with vinegar and used to sterilize coins used for trading. Outbreaks of plague occurred in England between 1603-1666. One outbreak in Leeds in 1644/5 claimed 1,335 victims, about 1/5 of the population. The stone is kept at the Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall.

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