Post-Medieval London, Pt. IV – Social History, contd.

The Lost City of London - Before the Great Fire of 1666

Another in the series on the history of London up to the time of the Great Fire of 1666, largely taken from my book, “The Flower Of All Cities” (Amberley, 2019) …

Social History contd.

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Population

From various accounts, it appears that the population of London was of the order of 60,000 in the 1520s; 80,000 in 1550; 120,000 in 1583; 200,000 in 1630; 460,000 in 1665; and 360,000 in 1666, after the “Great Plague”: it is evident that it took until 1550 for the population to recover following the “Black Death” of 1348-9. The population of the large “East End” parish of St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney in 1606-10 was estimated by the haberdasher and pioneer demographer John Graunt in 1663 to have been approximately 13280, based on the multiplication of the number of – non-plague – deaths of 145 by a factor of 32. The…

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