The speaker is Dr Evelyn Lord of Wolfson College. In 1630 Cambridge was severely over-crowded, and an outbreak of plague in 1630 added to its problems. This talk, which is connected to the talk on The Great Plague in Cambridge given in St Giles in 2018, describes how town and gown came together to overcome these problems, and includes the story of one man, Henry Butts who, despite opposition, cared deeply about the town and the university. Tragically he attracted royal disapproval that, added to his experiences in the plague, resulted in a sad ending. In conclusion the malicious rumours and speculations about this event, by correspondents in Cambridge and outside will be discussed.
All are welcome to this free talk, hosted by the Friends of St Giles' Church. Refreshments from 10.30 am. Collection.
This is the last in a series of free lectures hosted by the Friends of St. Giles' Church, given every second Thursday of the Month at 11am in St Giles' Church. Refreshments are served from 10.30 am. Full details of each lecture are normally given three weeks in advance.
URGENT APPEAL: We are looking for a co-ordinator who would be able to find future speakers and liaise with them. If you are interested please contact the Parish Office: 01223 315000
TOPICS FOR 2019
10 January - Echoes of the Past: an investigation into design sources for church textiles - Margaret Waring (Embroiderers' Guild & Textiles Society)
14 February - The Great War:Fitzwilliam Hall and St Giles’ Church - John Cleaver
14 March - Finding a lost medieval church of Cambridge: excavations of All Saints by the Castle - Craig Cessford
11 April - Albert Schweitzer - James Carleton Paget
9 May - The Wash: Between land and sea - Oliver Coates
13 June - Chateaubriand: A French Romantic in East Anglia - Geoff Dumbreck
11 July - Tides of Fortune: the rise and fall of English seaside resorts - Tony Kirby
12 September - Discovering St Giles' - Sylvia Pick
10 October - Kettle's Yard Archives - Frieda Midgeley
14 November - Cambridge in crisis 1630-1632 - Evelyn Lord