Village of Eyam
On 1 November 1666 farm worker Abraham Morten gasped his final breath – the last of 260 people to die from bubonic plague in the remote Derbyshire village of Eyam.
Step back in time in the atmospheric setting of Eyam, immerse yourself in the incredible story of its unselfish villagers, who sealed themselves off from the outside world in the 17th century to prevent the deadly disease from spreading to neighbouring communities.
Trace the fascinating tale of how the Plague was brought to the White Peak village in a bolt of infected cloth from London in 1665, taking in key locations such as:
- Eyam Church, many victims of the village’s 1665 Black Death plague outbreak were buried at Eyam’s church. You can view stained-glass panels and moving displays telling the story of the outbreak. The churchyard contains a Celtic cross carved in the 8th century.
- Eyam Museum, vivid displays on the Eyam plague are the centrepiece of the engaging town museum, alongside exhibits on the village’s history of lead-mining and silk-weaving.
- Eyam Hall, surrounded by a traditional English walled garden, this solid-looking 17th-century manor house with stone windows and door frames, is home to a craft centre, cheese shop, craft-beer shop and a cafe.