Plague, Pestilence & Potions Walk | 2pm - The Guildhall
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Explore Windsor’s infectious disease history with award winning Blue Badge tourist guide Amanda Bryett from Windsor Tourist Guides Ltd.
From Elizabeth I during the plague to Elizabeth II during COVID, Windsor has always been a refuge for monarchs during disease outbreaks, see the site where Elizabeth I positioned a new set of gallows constructed during a plague outbreak in 1563. When she said lockdown, she really meant lockdown!
We will see the building where Windsor’s first dispensary (consulting surgery) for the sick poor of the town opened in 1819 and was a vaccination hub during a smallpox outbreak in 1827.
Find out why Eton schoolboys were made to smoke during a plague outbreak in the 1600s and how certain ‘businesses’ in the town took advantage of the myth that you couldn’t catch two diseases at the same time. Fake news is nothing new!
All you ever needed to know about Windsor’s disease past including the Black Death, smallpox, typhoid, cholera and influenza.
- Start point: Windsor Guildhall
- Start time: 2pm
- Length of tour: 90 minutes
- Maximum group size: 15
- Everyone will be given a receiver and single use disposable ear bud to listen to the guide.