Eyam - The Plague Village

FiestaRedFiestaRed Derbyshire, EnglandPosts: 74Registered Users Big grins

"Eyam - The Plague Village"

The village of Eyam in Derbyshire is well noted for an outbreak of bubonic plague which occurred there in 1665, in which the villagers chose to isolate themselves rather than let the infection spread.

The present village was founded and named by Anglo-Saxons, although lead had been mined in the area by the Romans. Formerly industrial, its economy now relies on the tourist trade and it is promoted as 'the plague village'.

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  • JuanoJuano Major grins Brasilia, BrazilPosts: 2,884Registered Users Major grins

    Interesting shot and background story.

  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 11,644Administrators moderator

    Looks surreal; well done. Is the tree branch on the upper left needed? The photo could be stronger without it.

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  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 17,840Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator

    What is the structure in the foreground?

  • FiestaRedFiestaRed Derbyshire, EnglandPosts: 74Registered Users Big grins

    @Richard said:
    What is the structure in the foreground?

    They're "Stocks" Richard. With stocks, boards were placed around peoples ankles and sometimes their arms to serve as an outdoor form of punishment, the victims were subjected to the daily and nightly weather. As a consequence it was common for people kept in stocks over several days to die from exposure.

    Needless to say, the ones in the picture haven't been used for a few weeks.

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