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Myths and Legends
Salisbury Council House, built c.1560 demolished c.1790
Salisbury Council House, built c.1560 demolished c.1790

© Courtesy of John Chandler
John Ivie – a plague of reforms

The plague that hit Salisbury in 1627 was not all bad news. Or so John Ivie, city Mayor and reformer thought. He claimed the plague was caused by “all the drunkards, whore-masters and lewd fellows of the city” and that the scourge was a perfect opportunity for complete social reform.

And with his friend, ally and Recorder of Salisbury, Henry Sherfield and Councillor Matthew Bee, he set about not only preaching the virtues of religion, but putting them into practical use for poor relief at a particularly dark time in English history. More...

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