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  The house where the Plague started
by Ben-UK
 
  • The house where the Plague started - Peak District National Park
      The house where the Plague started
    by Ben-UK
  • The house where the Plague started - Peak District National Park
      The house where the Plague started
    by Ben-UK
 

In late 1665, some cloth was sent from London to a tailor who lived in the village of Eyam. The cloth however was infected with Bubonic Plague and the tailor, George Vicars, died a few days later.

The Plague quickly spread throughout Eyam and before it died out in 1666, a total of 257 people had died out of an original population of 350.

The rector of the Eyam Church, William Mompesson, persuaded the villagers to stay within the village -- a self-imposed quarantine -- to prevent the Plague from spreading. It worked, the Plague didn't spread outside Eyam.

Many houses have plaques on the front detailing the people that died there.

A remembrance service is still held every Plague Sunday (the last Sunday in August) at nearby Cucklett Delf, the place where Mompesson held services during the Plague.

There is a small museum in the village detailing the history of the Plague. The museum is closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays.

Address: Eyam
Directions: Eyam is just off the A623 road between Chapel-en-le-Frith and Chesterfield.
Website: http://www.eyamplaguevillage.co.uk

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  • Updated Aug 10, 2004
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