One of the best spots to see during a UK holiday is the Peak District – an area that offers the visitor beautiful scenery as well as a trip to the past. The Peak District is as interesting as it is unique. For example, the Peaks north of Bakewell feature a landscape defined by river valleys and rolling hills – a place where the terrain rises slowly as you head towards the higher moorland of Kinder Plateau. In addition, you only need to travel a small distance north to savour the picturesque villages of Ashford-in-the-Water, Taddington, and Longstone as well as such valleys as Millers Dale and Monsal Dale.
The Village of Eyam
If you go further into the hills, you will happen upon Tideswell and the “plague village of Eyam.” If you head toward the wilds of the Peak, you will be able to behold some stunning scenery. Eyam is a well-preserved historic village. The little town went into quarantine in 1665 after the plague was imported from London. Above the historical village lies Eyam Moor, a location that offers walkers and hikers excellent views of the Derwent Valley, which showcases a number of impressive Bronze Age monuments.
The centre of Eyam Village is the Eyam Church, which contains a number of relics from the Plague era. Some of the items include the gravestones of Plague victims as well as the Parish Register, which was the tool used to record the deaths. Inside the church you will find a small display that highlights information about the Plague. The church, which features two Norman columns, dates from the 13th and 14th centuries. A magnificent Saxon cross, dating from the 9th century, sits in the churchyard. A sundial also sits on the outside wall of the church, providing yet another historical implement to gaze upon.
The Birthplace of Anna Seward
Naturally, you will want to book reservations at one of the Peak District holiday cottages so you can easily see the church and other area attractions. For example, the rectory that sits adjacent to the church is the 1747 birthplace of writer Anna Seward, a noteworthy literary character of the 1700s. She wrote a poem about the village of Eyam and was a friend of Sir Walter Scott.
Once you book a cottage, you will also be in close proximity to Eyam Hall. The Hall was erected in 1676, but in a style that was out of fashion at the time. As a result, it resembles a Jacobean mansion. The Hall, which features small craft centre, is the present-day home of the Wright family, who has lived there since the time it was built.
Many of the structures in the area display plaques that provide all the details of their history and the role that the inhabitants played during the Plague. The outbreak is said to have started at the Plague Cottages; they are located in the main street on the church’s west side.
The Miner’s Arms
The town of Eyam features several tea rooms and shops, as well as one pub named the “Miner’s Arms.” The pub dates back to 1630 and is the former meeting location of the Barmote Court, which dealt with matters related to lead mining disputes. It is also said to be one of the most haunted structures in Derbyshire. Just outside of Eyam is a carpark and museum. A youth hostel is located at the edge above the village as well.