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3. Derbyshire Eyam (1) Village houses and their sad plague tales

The village of Eyam was once a centre of lead mining. In 1665-1666 the village of Eyam was infected with the plague. The Reverend William Mompesson and the villagers courageously agreed to quarantine themselves to avoid spreading the plague to other villagers. This well was the point where other neighbouring villagers left food for them and Eyam folk left coins in payment. See also Parish Church of St Lawrence.

Eyam Museum with the 'plague' rat on the weather vane!

Eyam Museum with the 'plague' rat on the weather vane! The Eyam village museum is a popular and major tourist attraction for visitors to Derbyshire and can be very crowded in the summer, never-the-less it was well worth a visit.

 

Water troughs for horses in Eyam village

Water troughs for horses in Eyam village,  just down the road from the museum and was part of a system dating back to 1588.

 

Rose Cottage, a house of the nine plague victims of the Thorpe family.

Rose Cottage, a house of the nine plague victims of the Thorpe family.

 

Plague Cottage

Plague Cottage where George Viccars, a family hand, the first plague victim died on 7th September 1665 followed by Mary Hadfield (formally Cooper), her two sons Edward and Jonathan Cooper and her new husband Alexander Hadfield.

 

The burial place of the Hancock family.

The Riley Graves, the burial place of the Hancock family.

 

The burial place of the Hancock family.

A burial plaque at the burial place to the memory of the Hancock family plague victims between August 3rd and 10th 1666.


Eyam (2) Other buildings in the main street of the village

Fern Cottage, a solid built house with a fine carved arch over the front door, on the main street of Eyam.

Eyam: Fern Cottage, a solid built house with a fine carved arch over the front door, on the main street of Eyam. The visitor-tourist to Eyam should take the trouble to walk around this well preserved village, which is a major part of the tourism in this area in Derbyshire.

 

Laburnum Cottage, an attractive house in the main street, part of which is the oldest inhabited house in Eyam.

Eyam: Laburnum Cottage, an attractive house in the main street, part of which is the oldest inhabited house in Eyam.

 

Eyam Hall, built in 1671.

Eyam Hall, built in 1671, with a lovely walled garden and interesting rooms e.g. the tapestry room, to visit and has been the home of the Wright family for over 300 years. Eyam Hall in the 'plague village of Eyam in Derbyshire, in the north Midlands of England, has a good cafe. Eyam is a well preserved old village with many interesting buildings and the fine Parish Church of St Lawrence.

 

A side-street in Eyam.

Eyam: A side-street in Eyam, probably typical of miners cottages from the late 18th century onwards when in 1777 the famous Hucklow Side Vein, rich in lead ore was discovered.

 

There are many fine buildings in the main street of Eyam.

Eyam: There are many fine buildings in the main street of Eyam which, apart from lead mining, also prospered from silk and cotton weaving, limestone quarry, agriculture and shoe-making.

See also Parish Church of St Lawrence.

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