Glimpses of the Abyss

The Plague Pits of East London - A Guided Tour
with Sam Perrin
Saturday the 28th October 2023 at 2 pm

Walking through the bustling streets of London, it's difficult to fathom that beneath your feet lie the remnants of a grim past — a haunting secret concealed beneath the city's iconic landmarks, lush green spaces, bustling underground railways, and even its everyday supermarkets.Unbeknownst to many, London's subterranean depths conceal the remains of roughly 100,000 souls, victims of a merciless contagion that ruthlessly decimated a quarter of the city's population in just over a year. The sheer magnitude of the deceased overwhelmed churchyards and hastily dug pits, where they were laid to rest without ceremony. Men, women, and children alike were indiscriminately claimed by the relentless scourge of the bubonic plague, a cataclysmic event that shook London and Europe to its core.

Join historian Samanthan Perrin on this walking tour to explore some of the known and speculated sites of east London's plague pits from Bunhill Fields to Whitechapel.

Tickets £12 including a 20% donation toward a host of restoration projects at Abney Park Cemetery. Please click here to buy.

Samantha Perrin
is a social historian who specialises in the long nineteenth century, focusing primarily on churchyards, garden cemeteries and burial reform. She holds an MA in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck, University of London, and is currently researching the mass burial sites of epidemic victims.

She has delivered past talks to the LNCSS, National Archives, Museums Show-Off, Camden History Society, Wellcome Trust, Pride in STEM, Dickens Fellowship and Museum of London.