The Plague 1597-1598

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    "....From 1345 the town suffered intermittent outbreaks of plague that decimated the local population. The worst epidemic began in September 1597 and continued until the end of the following year. It is thought the plague was brought in by Andrew Hodgson, a ‘stranger’ who stayed in lodgings on King Street (now the premises of the Penrith Building Society) and who was the first person to die of the epidemic in Penrith. The plague had made its way from Newcastle to Kirkoswald, and from there to Penrith, Appleby and Kendal. The nearby village of Edenhall was also affected. It is estimated that around one-third of the population of Penrith died during those 15 months...."
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    Explore Penrith
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    Added by: Simon Cotterill
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