A cheery story for a grey winter's day...

by David Swatton December. 06, 2018 460 views

On my recent trip to Derbyshire I stopped off in Eyam. It was here in 1665 the villagers imposed their own self-monitored quarantine to stop the spread of bubonic plague when they realised the disease had come to their community.

In a staggering feat of self-sacrifice lasting over a year they prevented the further spread of the disease at the cost of the deaths of over 250 inhabitants of the village.

You can read more of the story here.

The plague memorial window in the village church

The plague memorial window in the village church

One of the cottages in which nine members of the same family died

One of the cottages in which nine members of the same family died

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 9 months ago

I saw a few days ago a short report about this interesting story on TV and was fascinated about this unusal behavior.
#1 - the window is beautiful!

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David Swatton Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 9 months ago

I wonder if such selflessness would be replicated in any equivalent modern-world crisis?

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Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 9 months ago

A fascinating read David. First time I have heard of this story! The effect was to force me into thinking the flu jab is worth having, despite my horrendous reaction to it!
Your photos are impressive...Mxx

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David Swatton Replied to Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 9 months ago

Flu jab offsets the bubonic plague does it... powerful stuff!

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Björn Roose 2 years, 9 months ago

What a story ...

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

Impressive story David

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 9 months ago

Well aren't you full of cheer this gray day....so glad I read the attached 😉.

Actually it was an interesting read and one can take it in so many ways. I somehow see a connection between those followers and cults ( if we take the pessimistic view).  Or a very dedicated group of people who are willing to sacrifice themselves for the betterment of the human race ( that's the optimistic view). Either way a nice look into history. I am a big fan of stained glass windows especially those found in  churches...the amount of work it took to put them together in order to tell a story. Nice capture David. smile

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Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 9 months ago

Well, the line between bravery and madness is always very thin, isn't it ? smile

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