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The Experience of Plague in East Kent, 1636–38

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On 2 July 1637 43-year-old Elizabeth Burgess, from Canterbury, was buried at Birchington, Kent, having died of the plague in the hamlet of Wood in that parish. She was the first victim of an outbreak of plague in 1637. This article firstly examines that outbreak in Birchington in detail; then it considers how far the parish's experience matched that in nearby Faversham and Sandwich. It finally discusses the extent to which the infection spread to the surrounding area.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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