27 April 2011

O is for Obelisk

Just around the corner from the Westgate is a monument erected in 1759 commemorating the plague of 1666.

During the plague it became the custom for country folk from outside of the city to bring their produce to this point outside the Westgate and leave them there. They would then retire to a distance while the citizens of Winchester came out to collect the produce, leaving their money in payment in a large bowl of vinegar in order to disinfect it. When they had gone back into the city through the Westgate the farmers and countrymen would come back and fish out the coins with pincers avoiding any possible infection.
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14 comments:

  1. Quite a clever method they devised during those bad old days.

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  2. a tragic time, but some ingenuity to cope with it.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  3. I didn't realize vinegar was used to fight the plague. How interesting!

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  4. What an interesting and educational post for the O day, today. I think I learn so many new things each week on ABC Wednesday.

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  5. a very good solution (no pun intended) for everyone.

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  6. Interesting, for sure. Vinegar has many uses but I've not heard of this one. :)

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  7. Interesting story. Humans are very inventive in efforts to survive.

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  8. Oh so beautiful!

    A Splash of Orange made my ABC this week, come and see. Thank you!

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  9. There I was thinking it was just something to stick on my fish and chips. Terrible times, we are so lucky to live in a another time.

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  10. I used to walk past that every day, but never knew of that fact. How enterprising. Yes, vinegar was the bleach, or lemon juice, of the day. Quite a few people who can't cope with chemicals use it to clean their kitchens and bathrooms.

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  11. Who doesn't like a nice obelisk? Always a good decorative item!

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  12. Oh, that was very interesting story and I see I don't have to use(! ) I can use (,) to make my point. Some times I forget good punctuation.LOL

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  13. My favourite use for vinegar is on my chips (that's French fries for US readers!) . I fortunately haven't had to fight the plague with it yet..

    Thanks all for dropping by.

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  14. I am getting addicted with this blogging hobby, I get to see beautiful places and learn interesting things. Very nice O you have here..

    Mind lOOking at my O entry?, have a nice day!

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