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The Plagued Village of Eyam

The Story of a village in Derbyshire, England that was hit by Bubonic Plague in 1665


Year 2 have been learning about the village of Eyam in Derbyshire and what makes it special. We will share the story with you‌


Where is Eyam?

Eyam is in a village in Derbyshire.


What Happened in Eyam? George Vicars caught the plague from a box of cloth that had been sent from London.

George Vicars’ house, Church Street, Eyam


The Spread of the Plague

Plague cottages

The plague spread through the different cottages in the village.

Bagshaw House


When did Plague come to Eyam? The plague came to Eyam in 1665.

The Derbyshire Village of Eyam


How did they stop it from spreading? They used a boundary stone with vinegar in it to pay money for food and they shut the gates to the village so know one could get in or out. St Lawrence’s Church, Eyam

Cucklett Delf, above Eyam


How did they stop it spreading? They used a boundary stone outside the village and Mompesson’s well so the plague would not spread.

Mompesson’s Well

The boundary stone with holes for money


Who died in Eyam? Catherine Mompesson the wife of the vicar of Eyam died. Elizabeth Hancock’s whole family died from the plague and she buried them all by herself.

The Riley Graves of the Hancock Family.

The Plague Cottages of Church Street, Eyam. The first victims lived here.


Who died in Eyam? Catherine Mompesson’s grave is in the church yard. An estimated 250 out of a total population of 350 people died of plague in Eyam.

Catherine Mompesson’s Grave


How is this remembered today? .

Plague Sunday at Cucklett Delf

It’s remembered by having a parade on Plague Sunday when the last victem died. It is on the last Sunday of August.

The stained glass window in the church at Eyam remembers the plague.


How is this remembered today? There are still some grave stones there in the village for you to come and visit.

Plague gravestones in the village.


We hope you have enjoyed finding out about this village. Did plague ever come to your country in the past?


Y2 The Plagued Village of Eyam  

Y2 The Plagued Village of Eyam

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