During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.
A 7th century Anglo Saxon cross in the churchyard at Eyam. Eyam is one of the Peak Districts tourist hot spots a very interesting story to tell. It is known as the Plague village because in the 17th century when cases of the bubonic plague began to appear the villagers decided to isolate themselves from the outside world in order to prevent the disease from spreading. The sacrifice made by those people all those years ago has made the place famous.
St Mary's Close, Edinburgh, Scotland is a maze of underground 17th streets, once home to hundreds of people, conditions were horrendous and once bubonic plague took hold and most of the people died it was sealed up and forgotten about until the 18th century when workman woking above punched through to the streets. It is now open to the public and you can have a guided tour of this creepy place
Plague doctor...the "beak" would contain herbs that would help to protect the Doctor from contracting the disease. It was basically useless...of course they didn't realize how disease was spread and the different methods of cross contamination, etc...