Berry Street

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Berry Street, Conwy

Berry Street’s name might conjure up pleasant images of juicy fruits, but according to tradition the name’s origin is darker. The Great Plague, or Black Death, first struck in Britain in London in spring 1665. The first cases in Conwy emerged fairly soon afterwards. Bubonic plague was spread by fleas on rats, and may have arrived in Conwy from a visiting ship.

Before long, deaths from the Great Plague in Conwy had become so frequent that the normal process of digging graves and burying corpses individually was overwhelmed. It’s said that a mass grave was dug in the northernmost corner of the walled town, where Berry Street now lies, and that the street’s name comes from the verb “to bury”. In keeping with this gruesome story, some residents of the street have claimed that this area of Conwy has its own ghost.

However, this interpretation of the street’s name is probably fanciful. Bury is a variant of the Old English word byrig or burh, which denoted a dwelling within a fortified enclosure such as a walled town.

Thanks to Galleon fish & chips restaurant for hosting the QR barcodes for Berry Street.

Postcode: LL32 8DG

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