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Eyam (pronounced 'eem') is well known because of its association with the bubonic plague. The local Vicar, Rev Mompesson, organised the quarantine of the entire village of Eyam in 1666. Food and other essentials were left at a well (Mompesson's well) in order to avoid spreading the plague. Payment was left in a container of vinegar so that the plague was not passed outside the village via the coins. The plague was thought to have been carried from London to Derbyshire by infected fleas in bales of cloth.
Eyam Hall (click here for pictures) is built of local gritstone and was built between 1671 and 1676. It actually was a rebuilding project carried out by Thomas Wright who was the younger son of a local family. The Hall incorporates part of the earlier, smaller house. The property is still in the hands of the Wright family have recently carried out careful restoration work.
The Hall was built to a traditional design with low mullioned windows, a flagged entrance hall and Jacobean Staircase. The main rooms are furnished with 17th, 18th and 19th century pieces. A collection of family portraits, glass and china ensures that there is a cosy feel to the Hall. One room is hung with 15th and 16th century Flemish tapestries.
All self-respecting Halls should have a ghost - Eyam Hall has Sarah Mills, a young servant girl who drowned in the well. The historic farmyard houses a working Craft Centre. There is also a Buttery offering delicious home cooked meals and cakes and Gift Shop with local products for sale. The Hall is an active place; Victorian Christmas tours, weddings, school tours plus other indoor and outdoor events are held throughout the year.
House Opening Times:
Throughout April and May - Sundays only 11 am - 4 pm
From 27th May to 2nd September:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 11 am - 4 pm.
Times correct at time of publication and given in good faith, they may be subject to change, we recommend checking with the Hall (see web site link below)