Ever heard of the searchers? They killed Romeo and Juliet. Confused? Read on….

A contemporary sketch of Plague London

The watchers appeared during the 17th century plague outbreaks in London, standing guard at the homes of the sick so that the sick didn’t leave and kept the population as a whole (except for the wealthy) from leaving London, but before and after the watchers were the searchers. They were first appointed during the plague outbreaks of 1568. According to Dr…