2. Monsal Dale, Derbyshire, the Barrel Pub and the Mompesson Well
Scenes from the English 'MIDLANDS'
Monsal Dale on a 'grey day', albeit a major tourist attraction for visitors to Derbyshire! and very popular with walkers. On the left, near Monsal Head, is the railway viaduct (disused except for walkers, now it is a public footpath) that once carried the London Midland railway from Manchester to Derby. So we went for a good hot pub meal instead of a walk ...
... at the Barrel Inn, Bretton near Eyam, dates from 1597 or 1637?
The Barrel Inn, Bretton near Eyam, a pub which lies near an old Roman road, from where we headed for the 'plague' village of Eyam.
Just before descending into Eyam village (mspages 3-4) is Mompesson's Well. 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.
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