Saturday, 24 September 2011

Eyam - Mompesson's Well

c. Alan Heardman

Wellhead. C17. Gritstone. Grade 11 Listed.
Stone trough, covered to west by rectangular slab crossed by humped ribs. Surrounded by C20 iron railings. Listed for historical association with the Eyam plague of 1666.
From Listed Biuildings website.

Named after Rev'd William Mompesson who made villagers leave money at various places (1666) around the village (here at the well and at Boundary Stones) rather than have them leave the village to buy goods and so spread the disease. 

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