Eyam, St Lawrence, Derbyshire, *

“The surrounding scenery is magnificent and the church, partly rebuilt in the 19th century, tells a story that has drawn visitors for centuries.”

“In 1665, clothes arrived in the village from a London tailor, infested with plague larvae. After the first deaths, the inclination of the population was to flee. The young rector, William Mompesson won the villagers’ agreement that nobody should leave until the infection passed. Otherwise all Derbyshire might succumb. The village was turned into a quarantined fortress. This state lasted a year, during which three-quarters of the villagers perished, including Mompesson’s wife. But Derbyshire was saved.”

Eyam’s famous Celtic cross:


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