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“part of the history of the Plague village”

Eyam Parish Church of St Lawrence
Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Eyam
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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 13 June 2014

Lovely stained glass window depicting the plague. Also an illustrated roll of the names of the victims of the plague. The walls have had some medieval (?) Paintings uncovered.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Walking through the village there is a sense of history and a feeling that cannot be described. Upon entering the church and discovering the story of Eyam and it's inhabitants during the time of the Plague, you cannot help but be moved by the history of the place. Helps if a local is there to tell you a few stories about the locals. Get up close to the stained glass window and then read the story of Eyam on the information display. The village itself is pretty enough but hides so many secrets under it's gardens, ask the lady in the church! Fascinating place.

Thank Nick0506
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Full of history particularly with the plaque connection, never seen such well preserved old graves in a churchyard before

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

St. Lawrence's Church is not central to Eyam's heroic self-isolation, to contain the plague after its arrival in 1665. Instead open air services were held in a nearby field to reduce the risk of further infection. But it is still an importance part of the narrative and is well worth a visit. The Rector, Rev. William Mompesson and his puritan predecessor (Thomas Stanley - ejected from the living at the Restoration of 1660) collaborated in inspiring and managing the quarantine. There is an display panel about the plague year in the Church together with a recent commemorative stained glass window. The tomb of Mompesson's wife Catherine, who was one of the plague victims, is in the churchyard. Flowers are laid on it and a short service held there each summer. There is also a plaque nearby marking the contribution of Thomas Stanley. One minor point - both in the church and in the Eyam Museum a welcome addition would be clearer information on the effect of Eyam's self-sacrifice in which half the village died (there is a book in the church recording the names) in saving the surrounding area. Was the impact of the plague in Derbyshire noticeably less as a result than in other parts of the region? Go there - and wonder if the modern world would ever do the same.

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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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