It was an outbreak of plague in London in 1665. As the disease spread, the Eyam villagers decided to isolate themselves from surrounding communities to stay safe. However, a contaminated cloth arrived from London for a local tailor and within a week people started dying, entire families were destroyed and the close ones taken away by the Black Death.
As we walked along what seemed like the main road, we were greeted by a row of cute cottages with quite a devastating past.
Today the plaques that mark the affected households across the town, remind us, visitors, of the dreadful time in the pretty little village. However, despite the tragic past, Eyam is a very much enjoyable and scenic little place, definitely worth a stop if you are nearby.