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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

17th December 1983 Bomb attack on Harrod's war house in London, 5 killed, 94 injured

17th December 1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals

17th December 1936 Singer Tommy Steele, born in Bermondsey, London.go to related location

17th December 1891 Born today: Robertson Hare, London England, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge)

Royal Mint Black Death Cemetery



Royal Mint Black Death Cemetery

This is the site of the first Black Death cemetary in London.

Location: East Smithfield, London

Description: This is the Royal Mint medieval cemetery, as excavated in 1986-88 and which covered approximately 2 hectares here. The cemetery was in use during 1348-1350 and was the first established Black Death cemetery in London.

By 1988 a total of 558 burials were excavated from the western cemetery; 300 individuals were uncovered from mass graves and a further 258 from single inhumation graves. The eastern cemetery revealed 192 individuals; 102 from mass graves and 90 individuals from single inhumations.

It is estimated that approximately 40-50% of the cemetery is still in-situ below the Royal Mint's courtyard.

After the Dissolution the abbey and infirmary passed into private hands and c1560 was purchased by the Crown and converted into a victualling yard for the Royal Navy, which used most of the existing buildings until the mid-17th century.

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Royal Mint Black Death Cemetery

This is the site of the first Black Death cemetary in London.


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