Esoteric London

No. 898: Aldermanbury Square, EC2

Posted in Catastrophes, Public Art by esotericlondon on August 7, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_9190 copy

Aldermanbury Square, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Romance of London, Volume I – John Timbs, 1800:

It will be recollected, from the several accounts of the Plague in London, that a cross was affixed by the authorities to the door of the house where there was infection. In the Guildhall Library, not long since, among some broadsides, was found one of these “Plague Crosses.” It was the ordinary size of a broadside, and bore a cross extending to the edges of the paper, on which were printed the words, “Lord have mercy upon us.” In the four quarters formed by the limbs of the cross, were printed directions for managing the patient, regulations for visits, medicines, food, and water. This “Cross” is not now to be found.

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