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1 The Great Plague 1665

2 What do you think is going on in this picture?

3 Why was the plague of 1665 so deadly?
Learning objectives Why was the plague of 1665 so deadly? Learning Objectives Understand what it was like to live in plague-ridden London. To produce a diary entry about the Plague in London 3 of 23 © Boardworks Ltd 2006

4 What was life like in Seventeenth century London?
Its population had grown from 120,000 to 500,000 in the space of two hundred years! By 1665 nearly one British person in ten lived in London.

5 Think! What problems might this cause?
London was not a nice place to live It was cramped, with maze-like streets. Houses were packed into small spaces and London was full of slum housing London was a very dirty place and people threw their rubbish in to the streets Think! What problems might this cause?

6 Why did the plague break out?
How do these pictures link together to tell the story of how the plague broke out?

7 + + + + = PNEUMONIC PLAGUE
= BUBONIC PLAGUE + + + The flea bit the rat. The rat infected the flea. The flea bit the human. + = PNEUMONIC PLAGUE The infected person coughed near another person who then caught the disease. Copy these into your book Make your drawings simple. Stick people are fine.

8 How did the 1665 outbreak happen?
Plague broke out in London in the spring of It probably arrived from Holland where there had been plague a few years earlier. The summer of 1665 was extremely hot so the disease spread quickly. The death rate rose rapidly through the summer months. The wealthy, including the King, many doctors and some members of the clergy fled the city. This helped to spread the disease to other parts of the country.

9 How did the people of London think the plague spread?
The people of London did not know how the plague was spreading, though they had many theories. Foul air comets, punishments from God, dogs, cats, bad water There were many explanations, but none of them were right!

10 What did people believe caused the plague?
Sent by God to punish us for our sins. The movements of the planets. Were any of these ideas correct? Being close to infected people. Bad smells.

11 Symptoms of the plague

12 Think! Why might these actions be good for London?
New ideas Some new ideas were tried to tackle the plague. Plague doctors cared for people, and nurses were hired to visit and record the sick. Watchmen kept the sick in their houses so they did not spread the disease. Houses where people were infected were marked with a red cross. Dogs were suspected of carrying plague, About 40,000 dogs and 80,000 cats were culled. Rakers (cleaners) removed the sewerage and rubbish from the streets. Think! Why might these actions be good for London?

13 The Plague Doctor

14 Plague Doctor Draw, label and explain the features of the Plague doctor Leather Hat Mask Glass Eye Beak Wooden Stick Leather Gloves Gown Full Length Boots

15 The devastation of the Plague
1665 was London’s worse epidemic about 100,000 people died. In the third week of September, 8,297 official plague deaths were reported.

16 Extract from Samuel Pepys diary
16 October 1665 But Lord, how empty the streets are, so many poor sick people in the streets, full of sores, and so many sad stories overheard as I walk, everybody talking of this dead, and that man sick, and so many in this place.

17 What they thought caused the Plague... Symptoms of the Plague..
Task Imagine that you were alive when the Plague hit London in You must write a diary entry describing what it was like in Plague ridden London. You must write about What London was like.. What they thought caused the Plague... Symptoms of the Plague.. The ways they tried to stop the spread (the Plague doctor and watch men) The devastation of the Plague...

18 Plenary-Hot seating I need one volunteer to come to the front of the class and respond to questions from the rest of the class The rest of the class now need to write down a question (back of your book) to ask our kind volunteer.

19 Can you remember the lesson objectives
Plenary Can you remember the lesson objectives At the start of the lesson I did not know that..... An important Question I want to ask is...... One thing I can tell the other members of the class is

20 The plague London had become a busy port and trading centre, so there were often outbreaks of plague.

21 The Great Plague Ring a ring a roses, A pocket full of posies,
Atishoo, we all fall down. You have probably already learnt about the plague when you were quite young. The nursery rhyme, Ring a Ring a Roses is all about the plague. The words of the rhyme describe the symptoms of the plague. How does this well known nursery rhyme describe the symptoms of the Plague? You have two minutes to discuss in pairs.

22 Symptoms of the plague Ring a ring a roses, A pocket full of posies,
The ‘ring a roses’ refers to the bleeding under the skin. The ‘pocket full of posies’ refers to the small bags of herbs or flowers that people carried to ward off the plague. Many thought the disease was caused by foul air. The sneezing was a symptom of the disease. ‘All fall down’ means that what followed the sneezing was death. Ring a ring a roses, A pocket full of posies, Atishoo, we all fall down.


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