In late 1348, the Black Death entered London. Over the next 9 months, it ravaged the populace killing thousands. This paper provides a detailed look at its arrival, spread and eventual disappearance, and looks at some of the archaeological and architectural evidence for its passage, its final death toll and its immediate impacts on England’s greatest city.
Currently National Specialist Services Director in charge of Historic England’s archaeologists, scientists and buildings conservators, Barney started his career as an archaeologist in London in the 1980s. His first professional excavation was on the site of the Black Death cemetery near Tower Hill creating his interest in researching this most lethal of plagues.