Following on from yesterday the plague ran its course over 14 months and one account states that it killed at least 260 villagers, with only 83 surviving out of a population of 350. The church in Eyam has a record of 273 individuals who were victims of the plague. Survival among those affected appeared random, as many that remained alive had had close contact with those who died but never caught the disease. For example, Elizabeth Hancock was uninfected despite burying six children and her husband in eight days. The unofficial village grave digger, Marshall Howe, also survived despite handling many infected bodies. This little building is the old village Market Hall,once used by farmers wives to sell eggs, butter, cheese and poultry, but is now being used as a small information and visitor centre.
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