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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Our next coach trip - to EYAM, the Derbyshire plague village


Eyam, in Derbyshire, is a village that was badly affected by the plague. Also in the village is Eyam Hall, which is a National Trust property.
This will be the Civic Society's first all-day trip.
  • The coach will leave Hartford at 9.15am, from the bus stop on Chester Road by the Church.
  • Arrive in Eyam at about 11.00am. Tea or coffee will be served in Eyam Hall.
  • At 11.30am, after a short introductory talk, you will be free to explore the Hall at your leisure. Volunteer guides will be on duty to answer any questions you may have.
Lunch is not included but there are various options:
  • The Buttery serves light lunches and afternoon teas.
  • There is one Public House in the village and several tea rooms.
  • Take your own picnic with you.

After lunch you may choose to visit the stables which have been converted into individual craft shops.
  • At 2.00pm, you can join a Guided Tour of the historic village, hear stories of the plague years, see the cottages where so many villagers died and visit the Church which has a fascinating exhibition of the plague years. . This is a leisurely stroll not a strenuous hike and comes at an extra charge of £5.50 per person.
  • The Guided Tour will finish about 3.30pm, so there will be time for afternoon tea.
  • The coach leaves for home at 4.45 p.m. 
  • We should be back in Hartford by 6.30 p.m. traffic permitting.

The cost of the visit which covers the coach, a tip for the driver and refreshments on arrival at Eyam Hall is £12.  

(National Trust members have free entry to Eyam Hall - take your membership cards with you. However, if you are not a member of the NT but are a member of Hartford Civic Society, through our membership of Civic Voice, we can help you to obtain a one day free NT pass. It costs just £7 for one person to join the Civic Society or £10 for a couple. Eyam Hall charges £7.70 per person for non-members. I leave you to do the sums!)

To book , please phone  01606 882197 

or send an e-mail to

Payment is not needed until early September.

Note from Pat: Should you not know the tragic story of the plague in Eyam, I have three books which I am happy to lend out. One is a novel though it is based on fact. The other two are factual records. One covers the whole story in some 40 pages. The other not only names the villagers who died but provides the date of their deaths and where they lived.