Visiting Eyam

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As some of you might know, especially if you saw this post, I have a slight obsession love affair with beautiful doorways. There is something magical about doors that has always lead me to photograph them. I’m not sure if it’s because I love how each and every one holds a small key to the culture of where it belongs, or whether it’s simply the curiosity of who could be inside. It’s just amazing to see that wherever you travel in the world, the size, shape, style and colour are always completely different, but always pave way to a beautiful home.

Today my doorway delights were snapped in Eyam, a small village in the Peak District I visited a couple of days ago. Packed with picturesque Medieval villages, travelling around the Peak District is something truly special, and a trip you should all experience some time. Each and every town in this National Park has a story to tell, but Eyam’s tale marks a particular piece of history I felt I should share…

Starting all the way back in 1665, England found itself at the mercy of the Great Plague.  Thousands were dying from the disease, but fortunately for the rest of the country it was relatively contained to London… until it reached Eyam – the first village to be affected by the disease outside of the capital. What’s so special about the story is the sacrifice made by the village to save the rest of the country. By making the decision to isolate themselves, they stopped the plague spreading further, and ultimately spared thousands of lives. Who knows what could have happened had it been allowed to wipe out the entire population…

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  1. August 28, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    What a sad history but something that can make the village people proud. The pics look great by the way!

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