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Myths and Legends
William Mompesson
William Mompesson

© Eyam Parochial Church Council
Living with the plague

In 1665, the Great Plague that was ripping through London at an uncontrollable and devastating pace, travelled to the Derbyshire village of Eyam. In a brave attempt to prevent the spread of this deadly disease, the small community imposed voluntary isolation. At the heart of this historic story of self-sacrifice lies the village clergyman, William Mompesson, who is believed to have been the driving force behind Eyam’s extraordinary, self-imposed quarantine. However, has the importance of another man in the village been overlooked? Thomas Stanley is an unfamiliar name in the story, but the part he played was no less crucial than that of Mompesson. More...

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