Historic Eyam

by Helen Hooker April. 22, 2016 2395 views

One day in 1665 the village tailor of Eyam , in Derbyshire, took delivery of a bundle of cloth from London. Unbeknown to him it was infested with fleas and within a week his assistant was dead, infected with the bubonic plague by these stowaways. The disease spread quickly and the residents took the unprecedented decision to quarantine the whole village to prevent it spreading further afield. Tragically 260 villagers died over the course of the next fourteen months, a mortality rate of twice that found in London at the same time. These days Eyam is a pretty village which welomes visitors to its Jacobean Eyam Hall and the other landmarks associated with its unfortunate place in history.

One of the so called ‘Plague Cottages’ where numerous members of single families died during the 1665/6 outbreak of bubonic plague.

This curious little building stands just across the road from Eyam Hall. I wonder what it was once used for?

The village stocks

This sweet little building stands in the gardens of Eyam Hall and is called the banqueting hall!

I found two regal lions sitting on the steps in the hall's gardens

Two photos from upstairs inside the banqueting hall

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Stephanie Hyde 4 years, 11 months ago

Love this set....darkly beautiful!

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 11 months ago

Perfect in B&W. Love #7.

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Gillian Parsons 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes love this B&W set............................

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Sara G 4 years, 11 months ago

Sad history..thanks for the great photos!

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Bill Baird 4 years, 11 months ago

Great B&W set !!

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Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 11 months ago

Perfection as always.
Love the stocks, we had some closeby to where I lived in Essex.

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