- a village in N central England, in Derbyshire. When plague reached the village in 1665 the inhabitants, led by the Rev. Mompesson, isolated themselves to prevent it spreading further: as a result most of them died, including Mompesson's family
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The poetess was born at Eyam in Derbyshire, where her father was then the Rector.Anna Seward
Eyam was now cut off from all communication with the neighbourhood.Curiosities of Medical Experience
J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
Richard Furness died in 1857, and was buried with his ancestors at Eyam.The Parish Clerk (1907)
Peter Hampson Ditchfield
Eyam was a village of some three hundred and fifty inhabitants, standing among meadows around which the hills towered.
Seventy-six households in Eyam were infected, and out of these two hundred and fifty-nine persons were buried of the plague.