In the 17th century fear of spreading the plague was very real and many precautions were taken to stop the spread of this horrific disease. Quite often trades people would actually refuse to enter a community where there was any suspicion of the plague being present, and would leave goods on the outskirts. Many places had a plague stone near the boundary, which had a hollow on top containing vinegar. Local people left money in the vinegar as payment for goods, to prevent any contamination. A good example of such a stone can be seen on the eastern outskirts of Ackworth near Wakefield.
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Photo taken in Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF7, UK
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