Tracking the Black Death in Nottinghamshire

A new project on a Nottinghamshire village in the 14th century has thrown up an intriguing question : Did the 1348/9 Black Death spread throughout the county? And if so, what is the nature of the evidence at a local level? The standard county histories appear to have very little or nothing beyond the general comment about 30% incidence across the country, with the notable exceptions of Newark and Nottingham. So did it occur everywhere, and how confidently do we know this?

Keith Hodgkinson of East Leake & District Local History society has recently sent an enquiry to all local history societies listed in the NLHA website, asking for evidence of the Black Death in their area. That’s over 100 email enquiries, and the response has been excellent so far and has generated lots of other links and suggestions. So a big thank-you to all those who have responded.

We hope to be able to publish a report on the results in a future edition. In the meantime, Keith says, please keep the replies rolling in!

Keith Hodgkinson

2 thoughts on “Tracking the Black Death in Nottinghamshire

  1. Dan Thorpe

    Good morning Keith,
    I am a secondary school history teacher in Nottingham city and stumbled across this entry whilst researching for a local history timeline curriculum for our cohort.
    Firstly, I commend your hard work with this website and secondly, did you make any progress with the above?

    The details i have so far are linked to the Castle Rock quarantining of plague sufferers and the population impact but would love more by the way of source material if there are any in existence.

    Kind regards,

    1. John Parker Post author

      Hello Dan
      thank you for your message which I have passed on to Keith.


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