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Eyam Hall (Derbyshire)
Member Name: blissman70
Eyam Hall (Derbyshire)
Advantages: Great history and some interesting facts
Eyam Hall is situated in the small village of Eyam, (pronounced Eem) in Derbyshire, a picturesque place with such an historical story to tell.
Brief history of Eyam village, which entices the many tourist that visit.......
It is best known for it's residents heroic act in 1665 when the plague, (black death) took hold.
The plague hit the village in in August of 1665 contained in flea infested materials delivered to the local tailor, George Vicar, from London, he died with-in the week.
When the towns people realised what was happening they were advised by the rector, Reverend William Mompesson to quarantine the village thus stopping the infection spreading.
The villagers used many precautions, such as burying there own dead, not allowing visitors into the village and having goods dropped off at certain points on the village borders.
In all over 250 villagers died in the 16 months that the plague raged, leaving less than 100 people alive.
The most famous of the villagers was Elizabeth Hancock, she survived the plague but had to bury her six children and her husband in what is known as 'Riley's grave'. These graves can be found enclosed in a circular wall if you walk through the village and follow the signs about half way onto the field. (it is not accessible for wheelchairs as there is a narrow stone ledge to cross and the walk up the hill is quite steep).
How to get there....?
You can reach Eyam via theA623 from Stoney Middleton, or the B6521 from Sheffield.
There is also a bus which takes you to the village centre. The 66 Chesterfield-Buxton, the X67 bus from Chesterfield. , the 65 bus from Sheffield and the 173 bus from Bakewell.
Eyam Hall is found nestled behind an 8 foot stone wall, opposite the 'old stocks' on the village green.
When is it open...?
It is open Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 12:00 until 6:00 pm and spring bank holiday Sunday/Monday from 12:00 until 6:00 pm.
Also, from the 2nd July until 31st August it is open on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursday, (including Bank Holiday Mondays) from 12:00 until 6:00 pm.
The craft shop being open daily.
The entrance cost...
Gardens only: Adult: £2.00, Concession: £1.50, Child: £1.00, Family £5.00
Hall and Gardens: Adult: £6.25, Concession: £5.75, Child: £3.75, Family: £19.00.
The Hall, which seems to dominate the village of Eyam, is a great example of 17th century which was built by the Wright Family, who still own it to date.
It was built by John Wright and his new wife Elizabeth out of local Millstone Grit, (look out for their initials which are etched into one of the lead drain pipes).
There are many feature in the house including the grand tapestries, some dating back to the 15th century.
The Hall has been kept as close to its original state as possible, with the original kitchen restored after being discovered hidden underneath years of plaster and modern cupboards.
There is a lot of history in the hall, with some family secrets to be found, and as the Hall is kept mainly as a family home not all of it is open to the public.
As you walk through the entrance gates, through the stone wall, you will be confronted by the stone built steps leading directly up to the grand front door of the building, the beautiful green lawns on either side of the short pathway.
The look of the building is stunningly eerie as you glance up at the overlooking windows
You will enjoy the walk as you visit the stoned flagged hall, the unique tapestry room and the grand bedrooms with there four poster beds. There is also toys from the 1860s which lay undisturbed in the nursery.
Some rooms contain clothing and other historical artefacts all belonging to the ancestors of the present owners.
Hanging on the walls are the portraits of the Wrights family which seem to follow you as you walk the corridors.
The tour is a little short but is very enjoyable and worth while.
Also, Eyam Hall can be hired for holding a beautiful wedding receptions, or even conferences and other forms of meeting, and with its licensed restaurant, which is open all year round, you stay there will be superb.
Some outdoor event can be held in the stunning walled gardens, which contain a bowling green and a lawn, apple trees.
The gravel paths extends throughout the stunning architectural features and the mixture of trees and colourful blooms, the combination of colours making the garden a special place to wander.
And as most old buildings Eyam Hall has its very own spectre, (allegedly), the ghost is known as Sarah Mills, a young servant girl who drowned in the well, who is said to sometimes answer the door when a visitor rings the bell.
The village of Eyam.....
I could not write about the Hall and not mention the village in which it resides, as I am sure you will enjoy a walk around as much as you enjoy the Hall.
Most of the stone built cottages, shops and the public house in the village have plaques attached to them giving a brief description of the victim at the time of the plague, and there were many.
If you park your car in the pay and display car park at the far end of the village, (turn left when entering the village and follow the signs), then you can tour the entire village in a circular motion.
Starting with the museum which is situated directly opposite the car park.
After the museum and you head for the village centre you will pass a small corner shop then passed the beautifully grand Eyam Hall, standing proudly behind the iron gates.
Then as you walk on through the village you will be intrigued by the fascinating history which unfolds as you read the plaques.
The church should be your next place to wonder around as there is yet more interesting facts to be found inside and out. The Saxon cross in the graveyard dates back to the 7th century.
When you reach the clean, picturesque centre of the village you come across a few shops, cafes and the Minors Arms, (built in 1630 and now the only pub left).
From the centre you can either head along the road towards 'Riley's Grave' or between the shops opposite the small café to the 'Boundary stone', which was one of the places where, during the plague, food and supplies were dropped off, the money from the village would be placed in vinegar filled slots in the stone. The other exchange place was Mompesson's Well, high above the village.
Every year, on the last Sunday in August there is a festival called plague Sunday, to remember the plague victims. This is a great festival and is enjoyed by everyone involved, creating a relaxed and fantastic atmosphere.
There is a lot to see and do in the small village, with all the walks and information regarding its history, it is worth spending the entire day there.
I would recommend the food in the Eyam Hall Butery or enjoy a nice coffee in the Tea rooms, both have outdoor seating are reasonably priced.
The only downside to this village is the new houses which have been built near the centre and the ones that are being built behind the church....IMO they are an eyesore and they simply shouldn't be allowed to ruin the beautiful village.
In all, a great day out for every member of the family, from young to old, with many sights and many great little walks.
Summary: A grand Hall
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