The Plague Stones of York

So for those non Yorkians I thought I would share a little piece of the history of York: plague stones. I knew about these when we moved as we live near one – the Burton Stone.  

 
This is situated outside the Burton Stone pub in Clifton. It is believed to be the base of an ancient cross but was used during the plague to complete transactions with coins. Plague victims put their coins to pay for things in the recesses which were filled with vinegar. They thought this would stop infection via the coin. Actually it might have done I’m not sure, vinegar is pretty antiseptic. 

 
Photo: Jorvik.co.uk

We were fascinated the other day whilst walking our little pup, to find another one! This time the Hob Moor stone. 

   
 
The taller stone in the right is a very weathered effigy of a knight. You can just make out his shield. 

How interesting…….

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