Plague in Bleasby

A Nottinghamshire Village Survives its Summer of Death

— July 30, 2018

Radio Review


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The plague of 1604 reduced the population of Bleasby, Nottinghamshire, by 30%, a demographic deficit that would not recover for two generations. Family documents and local records bring detail to this figure and, when placed in the context of broader history, offer an understanding of the village social and economic dynamics.

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Malcolm Noble has written for The Genealogist Magazine (Society of Genealogists) and the Journal of Genealogy and Family History. His privately published history, The Horsepools: Four Brothers and Cricket in Bingham, relates a sporting chapter (1800-32) in his family’s past.  His monthly podcast for Genealogists with Too Much Time on Their Hands has been recommended by Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine and has been featured on BBC radio.

Noble is an experienced crime writer with more than a dozen titles to his list. He has repeatedly been in the top 12% of authors borrowed from UK libraries.  In 2013 readers of the Historical Novels Society included him in their forty favourite authors.  In the past, he has been nominated for the Dagger in the Library Award. A series of his radio detective drama has been produced on fm radio. For more information, visit