EYAM, PEAK DISTRICT - 03/09/09
This page of pictures comes from Eyam Village in the Peak District, Derbyshire, (pronounced 'eem'). The village has an interesting and varied history and is known as 'The Plague Village' after the outbreak of the devastating Black Death in 1665, brought from London to the village in a bundle of cloth by a travelling Tailor staying in Eyam.
|Many inhabitants of the village were killed in the plague from 1665 to 1666, over 70 families were affected with 259 villagers killed. A self imposed quarantine led by the Rector of Eyam, William Mompesson prevented the plague spreading to neighbouring villages.|
|Eyam Hall dating from the 17th Century has limited opening times during the year, including selected days in December and in the Spring, for further details see the Eyam Hall website by clicking here. There is also a craft centre at the Hall with a gallery, bakehouse and a ceramics studio. The Hall Hill Troughs as shown in the photo to the right were part of a system of troughs which provided one of the first public water supplies in the country, and were established in Eyam in 1558.|
|More scenes from Eyam including the Eyam Museum which tells the story of the plague and the industrial past of the village, and St Lawrence's Church where some parts of the building date from Saxon times.|