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In the last blog we talked about St Leonard’s Church and how it reminded us of the Parisian Catacombs. So we thought we’d look at the catacombs in more depth – particularly as for us, the catacombs are a big influence on how we developed our brand.
The Catacombs of Paris, like St Leonard’s Church, is an ossuary (the final resting place for skeletal remains). The Catacombs hold the remains of around six million people, which dwarfs St Leonard’s 4,000. It’s an astonishing collection of bones and skulls, not only because of the sheer number involved, but because of their intricate design and arrangement.
The Bills of Mortality were designed to monitor deaths in London during that pleasant period of plague.
They were started in around 1592, and soon became a weekly publication. The information was collected by local Parish Clerks. By 1629, the cause of death was also being provided. It's these publications that provide the most interest, even if they are a little gruesome.