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Eyam

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  1. 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

    Stapleton Martin

  • 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.