1665 – Great Plague

Bubonic plague had killed people in England since 1347 but The Great Plague of London killed around 25% of the population in 1665. ┬áIn Colchester, according to historian Philip Morant, around 5000 people died of the Plague in 1665-1666, more than half of the town’s population!

It was carried by rat fleas and probably arrived in London on a cargo ship. The effects of the Plague and the Fire the following year saw London transformed and improved as a city.

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