Welcome to Black Rat walks covering the north bank London Docklands twixt Tower Bridge and Limehouse, sister site of Pudding Lane Tours which strolls the City Of London.
The Black Rat (Rattus rattus) was London’s original rat but was not actually indigenous. It is believed to have arrived here from India or the East Indies on Roman merchant vessels in the first century.
This was the rat that carried the bubonic plague which was responsible or the Black Death (1348) and Great Plague (1665) as well as lesser outbreaks which occurred until the end of the 17th century. You can learn more about this on several walks over at Pudding Lane Tours
The Black Rat is believed extinct in the UK having been displaced by the Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) which arrived, probably from China or central Asia, in the 18th century.