The Plague Village

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  1. LianeH

    LianeH Well-Known Member

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    So we have lived in the beautiful county of Derbyshire for just over a year and yesterday we had our best friends visit (socially distanced). So in the middle of a pandemic where do we take them.... to Eyam. Eyam is known as the plague village and its a really interesting village to walk around and see all the information plaques about the families that died or survived. Worth a google.

    We had already explored the village but its lovely to take new people especially when there is a tea shop with cake:D:D
     
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    As you can see Donna needed a hand up the hill:D:D
     

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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Nice photos, but such a sad place.
     
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    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    @LianeH what's the stone with the holes in?
     
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    Thats the boundary stone. The villagers would put money in the holes and filled it with vinegar to pay for food and medicines that the villagers of Stoney Middleton would leave there for them. Its very sad but interesting too. There is also the site of the Riley graves where there are six members of the Hancock family buried and the headstones are all in place surrounded by wall. Incredible to think they have been there 354 years.
     
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    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    Thank you, fascinating, love places like that.
     
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    Here's one I took earlier:

    eyam03.jpg

    (I was there about a year ago.)
     
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    Londoner Will always roll up her sleeves and dig around

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    My kids had to do projects about it when we lived in Sheffield, so never wanted to go there. Or sing ring-a-ring'o' roses!
     
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    Nice photos, very sad village. I went there a few years ago.
     
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    Very interesting, Liane. Thank you for sharing with us. I think every place that has a cliff has a lover's leap! Similar stories world-wide. We have one near us where an Indian Princess reportedly jumped to her death.
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Liane, if you could post the story of the boundary stone as in the 'Heritage Trail' signage, to face book it may just stop some of the non believing resisters from causing so many problems.
    Here in Australia we have states in lockdown & out, where people are causing problems for those trying to stop the spread & heal the sick.

    It would be a post worth sharing around the globe I think.
     
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    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Might take in Eyam on our next visit to Buxton. Sounds like my kind of place!
     
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    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Woke up this morning planning my itinerary. :) Found an ancestor from Stoney Middleton last night on my Youlgreave line so it seemed the perfect excuse. "How would you like to visit a plague village soon?"

    I treat him so well.
     
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    There's an annual Plague Memorial Service in Eyam on the last Sunday in August. This year, apparently, there was so much media interest that they decided not to risk a massive influx of visitors, and put the service online instead. More on the BBC site:
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-53893531
     
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    The little tea room do some goooood cakes;):D:D
     
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    Tearoom was shut. :)

    It was so busy everywhere yesterday that we went walking all day - away from people - and took in Eyam early first thing today just as the mist was clearing. The little museum is still closed, too (maybe opening towards the end of the month). Lovely village with a sad past.
     
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    Just as well he’s already your other half and knows your little quirks - as a chat up line, I don’t think it would get you very far :D
     
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    You picked the right time to visit Eyam. Best time of the day. More atmospheric too. :)
     
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    We were there again sunday and as the weather was lovely it was absolutely packed. I think on mondays most little tea rooms close - glad you had a lovely day
     
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    Have to say, I've never been in such a busy churchyard. :) Usually it's just me and someone walking their dog. :)
     
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