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“A fitting place to learn the plague history of Eyam”

Eyam Parish Church of St Lawrence
Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Eyam
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A Place, A People and A Passion Eyam is a place of pilgrimage where Christians have worshipped for 1,000 years and is currently the destination of the Peak Pilgrimage walk (please see website). The church building displays the inspirational story of the historical reality of the plague in 1665-66 and a community willingly sacrificing themselves for the sake of others. This continues to motivate the church family that meets in Eyam to this day. It also bears witness to another act of great sacrifice: the Christian message that God so loved his world that he gave his son Jesus Christ to die upon the cross. [Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)] This is a historic church with much to see. Enjoy the murals of the tribes of Israel, the plague window, the plague register, Mompesson’s pulpit and chair, the Saxon font, sundial, Celtic Cross, graveyard and many other features. Nevertheless Eyam Church is not a museum looking to the past but a living, vibrant and modern worshipping church community where God is active today. It is a church of all ages, looking to serve the God of the Bible on Sundays and during the week. It has a strong commitment to youth work and families; a church with a heart for God and a heart for our community. The church is open daily and has a book and information stall. School trips by prior arrangement.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 20 April 2014

St Lawrence Church is the best place to discover the horrific history of Eyam and the ultimate sacrifice of its inhabitants.

The building itself is lovely, the stained glass enchanting. The story told on the permanent display however, is not. Read how the village agreed to quarantine itself to let the disease run its course and prevent its spread to the wider area. See the book of the dead in its glass case and the strangely beautiful Plague Window.

I recommend a visit here. I left truly shocked by the story.

1  Thank cabbie37
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"celtic cross"
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"wall paintings"
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"anglo saxon"
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"beautiful building"
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"lovely village"
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"re enactment"
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"interesting features"
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"telling visitors"
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"important role"
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"english history"
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

lovely church, brilliant windows, friendly attendant. Nice descriptive boards explaining the Plague and its effect on the village,

1  Thank LordUnstone
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

St Lawrence Eyam Parish Church is a key part of the tale of the village of Eyam that, when they discovered the outbreak of the plague in their village, and led by the minister of the church, voluntarily put themselves into quarantine to prevent the spread of the disease to other villages. The large celtic cross that is reproduced on so much of the village's imagery can be found in the church graveyard.

Thank GoingOverland
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Nice church with graveyard surrounding it with lovely trees, just a shame there are no seats to sit outside

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Reviewed 18 September 2013

A lovely church that provides some very detailed background to the plague impact on this village community. A lovely warm atmosphere for prayer and contemplation as well as loads of helpful information

1  Thank Alan P
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