Ancroft church tower
We often forget that very often the church tower must have been one of the safest places in a village.
Ancroft is just 5 miles or so south of Berwick and the border with Scotland. So
refuge was important!
Picture from wikicommons
Reading Robert Hugill's Borderland Castles and Peles there is a sad reminder of plagues:
"He was shown the field of the "broomie-huts" to which the plague victims were carried by panic stricken
villagers and left under rustic shelters of broom".
If they didnt recover...well the shelter and bodies were burned.