Eyam Travel Guide

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Eyam Things to Do

  • Eyam Hall

    Eyam Hall was lived in by the Wright family for over 300 years. In 1992 this beautiful home was opened to the public.You have to purchase a ticket to gain entrance to the house and gardens. The prices as of writing this (April 2013) are:£7.50 Adults£6.50 Concessions£4 Children£20 Family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children)Eyam Hall is not open...

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  • Eyam Museum

    Eyam museum costs £2.50 for adults and £2 for children and OAP's to gain entrance. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is also available for £7.50.This museum is very interesting and I learnt so much about the plague that devistated Eyam in 1665/6.The museum starts explaining how the plague came to England (London) via the fleas that lived...

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  • Exploring the village of Eyam

    Walking around the village is exciting as to what you are going to find next. There are information boards about the unique events that have happened over the centuries in Eyam. Find 'The stocks', 'Plague Cottage' and the Saxon Celtic cross in the church yard. There are a few shops dotted around the village such as a butchers, post office, general...

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  • The Church Yard

    Eyam holds a beautiful church and church yard. The church is open to visitors and you are free to walk around the graveyard.You will find the grave of one of the plague victims and also a lovely Saxon cross that was originally placed on the other side of the village but moved to the church yard.

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  • St Lawrences Parish Church - Sundial

    Over the Priests door, which leads to the South aisle, is this impressive sundial, which is considered to be the most elaborate of its kind in Derbyshire (if not further afield)!It is thought to be the design of a Mr Duffin, and was created by local stone mason, William Shaw, who created it in 1775. Alternative thought is that the dial was designed...

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  • St Lawrences Parish Church - Celtic...

    In the church yard is a stone Celtic cross, believed to date back to the 8th Century. It was probably used as a wayside Preaching cross. With its carvings of Christian and pagan symbols, it is considered to be one of the finest examples in the country. This is dated from the time that Christian beliefs were beginning to take over from pagan...

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  • St Lawrences - Eyam Parish Church

    The Church dedicated to St Lawrence, is believed to have Saxon foundations, with Norman pillars and a Norman window in the west side.The church was closed when I visited, but there was still plenty of interest to see.The tower was added in the 17th Century, at this time it housed 4 bells, with the oldest dating to 1628. 2 more were added to the...

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  • Eyam Tea Shop

    The Tea shop at Eyam looked quite pleasant, but sadly it was closed at the time of my visit.This is another plague site.The Green plaques states that this was the house of John Torres, who died during the plague on 29th July 1666, followed by his 8 month old son Godfrey 5 days later. Joan, Johns wife survived.While the adjacent bakers shop with the...

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  • Water Lane Troughs

    Eyam was quite a forward thinking place, and was possibly the first village in England to construct a public water supply. Colonel Francis Bradshaw had this brain wave in 1588.Water from the natural springs was diverted to a circuit of pipes, which connected with over a dozen stone troughs, situated throughout the village.The spring water was...

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  • The Bull Ring

    Passing by the Bakers shop, I spotted another 'green sign' on the wall above a lump of stone. This was the site of the Bull Ring - a metal ring to tether the unfortunate chained creature to (and not an arena for bull fighting) when dogs were set onto the helpless beast. Apparently this was in the belief that it tenderised the meat! Obviously, this...

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  • The Miners Arms

    The Miners Arms, is the only remaining pub in Eyam. Despite its relatively small size, at one time there would have been nearly a dozen hostelries, where the local farmers and miners could enjoy a respite from their hard lives for a while.Built in 1630 (nearly four decades before the plague would reach Eyam), the pub was housed in a row of miners...

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  • Eyam Parish Church

    The Parish Church of St Lawrence is a great historical church. It was from here that co-ordinated efforts were made and the village cut themselves off from the surrounding villages when the plague entered the village in September 1665; this saved thousands of lives of those living in the area.Christian worship has taken place in Eyam for over 1000...

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  • Plague Cottages

    Eyam's history is of a village which took courageous action during the plague which started in 1665.In the village, you will find a row of cottages where the plague first broke out within the village as a result of a bundle of cloth being sent from London to a tailor who was temporarily residing in one of the cottages.In one cottage lived the...

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  • The poignant Riley Graves

    Just outside Eyam are the Riley graves, the burial place of the Hancock family. The mother survived but lost her husband and six children in the space of a week. She had to bury them herself. The National Trust looks after the site now - I believe it's their smallest 'property'.

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  • Chatsworth House & Garden

    Chatsworth House is the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire, whose family name is Cavendish.The house contains a unique collection of priceless paintings, furniture, Old Master drawings, neoclassical sculpture and other artefacts. Chatsworth's garden is one of the most famous in England. Chatsworth has been selected as the United Kingdom's favourite...

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  • Eyam Church

    Eyam Parish Church is a small Anglican Church with a nave of medieval design (about 1350). The churchyard is beautiful in an eerie sort of way as you walk amongst the tombs. On the south wall of the church you will find a sundial, built by William Shaw and dated 1775 and a beautiful 8th C Celtic cross.

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  • Eyam Hall

    Eyam Hall is the historic Derbyshire home of the Wright family. The house is a remarkably unspoilt example of a Jacobean manor house and the delightful garden also retains its 17th century layout.In addition to opening to the public, Eyam Hall also hosts weddings, both civil ceremonies and receptions, conferences and smaller meetings, private...

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  • stained glass window

    This stained glass window in the church tells the story of the plague. In the middle is the rector Rev. William Monpesson who did so much to help.At the bottom of the window is the old St.Pauls Cathedral in London which was destroyed by fire at about the same time at the Eyam Plague, and is the link with London from where the plague came from.Also...

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  • Inside the church

    Inside the church of St Lawrence is a cupboard which is said to have been made out of the box in which the plague infested cloths were contained.Also in the south aisle is a plaque of the plague register, copied from the Parish Register and giving the names of all the people who died during the 14 months in 1665-1666. In all 276 people died out of...

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  • Parish Church of St. Lawrence

    Christian worship has taken place here for over 1,000 years.Various architectural details in the church subscribe to different eras. The north aisle has a saxon font, there are norman pillars and the nave of the church is of medievil design about 1350.

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  • Provisions

    Provisions for the villagers were left at certain boundaries and were only collected when the people who had left them were safely out of the way. Even the money to pay for goods was washed and disinfected.The Earl of Devonshire who lived at Chatsworth Hall a few miles away was the chief benefactor in providing food and medical supplies.

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  • Churchyard

    Because the churchyard was closed it was also decided that victims had to be buried quickly in order to stop the disease spreading and they were buried in their gardens, or nearby fields.These are the graves of George Darby who died on 4th July 1666 and his daughter Mary who died on the 4th September 1666.

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  • Isolation

    A decision was made to isolate the village in order to quell the plague from spreading to other villages and at the time the church and churchyard were closed.

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  • The Museum

    There is a small museum which tells the story of the plague and about life in the village.Open: Tuesday - Sunday10.30am - 4.30pmClosed Mondays except Bank Holiday MondaysClosed November - MarchTelephone No. 01433 631371

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Eyam Restaurants

  • DELICIOUS

    The Miners Arms is the only pub in the village of Eyam. This Inn was built in 1630, before the plague that made the village infamous, and was originally called the Kings Head. It changed its name to the Miners Arms after local Mine owners started to hold their meetings here.It is not a very big pub but whilst I was there it was quite busy with...

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  • Classic English pub food

    A couple of kilometres out of Eyam is The Eyre Arms, a large easy-to-find pub serving excellent food.Extensive traditional menu, order from the bar and it's delivered to your table freshly cooked.Good selection of wines is also available, in addition to the full range of pub drinks. For me the steak & mushroom pie is always an attraction, the...

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  • Good coffee

    We stopped here just for a coffee but saw the very delicious looking sandwiches which other patrons were enjoying. The Buttery sells home baked cakes by the portion. The coffee was very good - but the bacon sandwiches looking VERY nice!!

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Eyam Shopping

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    by Gillybob Written Jul 28, 2010

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    This great little bakery forms part of the Eyam Hall Craft Centre. Here you will find freshly baked cakes and tray bakes plus a range of baking related gifts for children and adults. You can also take a step back in time as they also have a great array of old fashioned sweets too!

    What to buy: Any of the tray bakes including caramel shortbread and flapjack - both were delicious!!

    What to pay: Very reasonable prices for items that are not mass produced and are sold in a wonderful countryside environment!

    Cake display Tray bakes in the bakery
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Eyam Off The Beaten Path

  • Survival

    Mrs Hancock survived and later went to live with her only surviving son in Sheffield. Howdevasting it must have been for her.These graves are now owned by the National Trust.

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  • Hancock Graves

    These graves are of a Mr. Hancock and his 6 children. They all died of the plague within 8 days of each other.

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  • The Riley Graves

    These graves are on a hillside in a field between Eyam and the village of Grindleford, near to Riley Farm. Its quite a trek up a steepish country lane out of the village to reach these graves.This photo is of my son Joe and our dog Ted, at the edge of the field.

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  • Car Parking

    Eyam Parish Council Car Park is the best place to park during your visit to Eyam. In February 2010, this car park still offered free parking. This is the higher of the two car parks and is not tarmac'ed so can be muddy during wet weather.The car park is open until 20:00 from April to September and until 17:00 from October to March. There is no...

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  • Stroll around the village

    On one level it's just another, though very pretty, historic English village. On another level though, the thing that makes Eyam unique is the history of the plague in 1665/6. Go into the church and the museum to learn about the events of 1665/6 and when you walk around the village look for the plaques on the cottages which give details of the...

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