April 24, 2004
The great London fly epidemic of 1707

I bought this book, crammed with London occurrences throughout the ages, at a bargain price, today, and a rich source of quota postings it is sure to prove. Although, my first two postings from it have been at my Education Blog.

No time for anything profound today, just an amazing little event from the summer of 1707. This is the second of four entries for that year:

A FLY EPIDEMIC

About the middle of August there was an epidemic of flies in London so prodigous that, as Henry Chamberlain related in 1770, 'many of the streets were so covered with them, that the people's feet made as full an impression on them as upon thick snow'.

Remarkable.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:13 PM
Category: History