Photographer's Note

'A grim register' as displayed in the church in the Derbyshire village of Eyam, known as the Plague Village.

In 1665, a tailor from Eyam ordered a box of materials, relating to his trade, from London, that he was to make into clothes for the villagers. He unwittingly triggered a chain of events that led to 260 Eyam villagers dying from bubonic plague - more than double the mortality rate suffered by the citizens of London in the Great Plague.

Between the first death and the last, the villagers set an extraordinary and enduring example of self-sacrifice by sealing off the village from the surrounding areas to prevent the disease spreading.

At the corner of the document shown here, are these words:- 'Recent study of material discovered since this work was produced has enabled us to be more accurate in our estimation of the size of Eyam in plague times.
160 householders in Eyam were assessed for tax purposes in 1664. The population in the village must have been at least 700 people, for we know that 260 died of plague, 16 died from other causes and 433 people who were listed in the village in 1665 are recorded as having married, had children or died between 1667 and 1725.

A novel by Geraldine Brooks entitled "Year of Wonders" is based on the true story of Eyam.
A close up of the document is in the workshop.
Tahnks for looking.

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