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Eyam Village 2/7

The history of the plague in the village began in 1665 when a flea-infested bundle of cloth arrived from London for the local tailor. Within a week his assistant George Vicars was dead and more began dying in the household soon after. As the disease spread, the villagers turned for leadership to their rector, the Reverend William Mompesson, and the Puritan Minister Thomas Stanley. These introduced a number of precautions to slow the spread of the illness from May 1666. They included the arrangement that families were to bury their own dead and relocation of church services to the natural amphitheatre of Cucklett Delph, allowing villagers to separate themselves and so reducing the risk of infection. Perhaps the best-known decision was to quarantine the entire village to prevent further spread of the disease. I wonder if anybody who didn’t agree ended up in these village stocks? (More about the plague tomorrow)

Eyam Village 2/7

The history of the plague in the village began in 1665 when a flea-infested bundle of cloth arrived from London for the local tailor. Within a week his assistant George Vicars was dead and more began dying in the household soon after. As the disease spread, the villagers turned for leadership to their rector, the Reverend William Mompesson, and the Puritan Minister Thomas Stanley. These introduced a number of precautions to slow the spread of the illness from May 1666. They included the arrangement that families were to bury their own dead and relocation of church services to the natural amphitheatre of Cucklett Delph, allowing villagers to separate themselves and so reducing the risk of infection. Perhaps the best-known decision was to quarantine the entire village to prevent further spread of the disease. I wonder if anybody who didn’t agree ended up in these village stocks? (More about the plague tomorrow)

comments (12)

that was a great story about the village that you shared with us Brian...
i love this shot of the stocks with the old stone building behind it....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter, more of the story tomorrow.
Thank you for sharing this story Brian! A beautifully framed image too.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, more of the story tomorrow.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Mar 2015, 07:24
Desperate times needed desperate measures!
Brian Walbey: They certainly did Chris, more tomorrow.
It was a grim time Brian.
Brian Walbey: It certainly was Bill, more tomorrow.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Mar 2015, 08:19
Seems like a good place to wait out The Plague, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Well I think I'd rather not have the plague in the first place to be honest Ray. smile
Looks like a marters tool
Brian Walbey: Specially made for bad people Chantal.
The turquoise door stands out beautifully in the shot. Interesting story, to be sure.
Brian Walbey: You will see more of the building behind tomorrow and also more of the story of the plague.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Mar 2015, 12:46
Ah.. you're pre-empting some of my plans for forthcoming photos on SC, Brian wink I know exactly where you are; I was trying t oget a view of the buiding just off to the left and masked by the tree but there were some picnickers sat on the bench in front and seemed in no hurry to move out of the way smile I think we should still use the stocks.
Brian Walbey: I'm sorry to mess with your plans Alan, if the house you mention is the one I'm thinking of that is my Thursday picture!! Perhaps you can delay your shots for a short while, nobody, including me, will be upset at seeing your take on Eyam which is probably completely different than mine.
These were not the good old days then I take it, Brian...I can't imagine what it would be like.
Brian Walbey: It must have been dreadful Frank, the Ebola of that time I suppose.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 31 Mar 2015, 15:08
Wow, scary isn't it Brian.
Brian Walbey: It certainly is Chad.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Mar 2015, 18:54
Those are a fine old set of stocks. I once did a stint in some for a wet sponge challenge for charity. Never again!
Brian Walbey: You were a brave man Mike smile
What a thought... stocks. Good image.

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