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.
by Helen Hooker April. 22, 2016 2395 views