Plumbers, Plague and Pestilence
by Past Master Rodney Cartwright
At this time, when there is much alarm and despondency, it is easy to forget that in the years since 1365 there have been many challenges for the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. As a member of the medical profession, whose speciality was microbiology and infectious diseases, I have penned a brief description of some of the plagues and pestilences that have occurred during the past 655 years. I start with a word of caution. Never underestimate microbes. Even with medical advances history has shown us that they are indeed a hidden enemy.