The Peak Districk of Derbyshire
The drive down from Yorkshire yesterday turned out to be a bit of a disaster - we got lost more times than we could count! But we did manage to achieve several objectives, visiting first Skipton (for Anne to buy a replacement for her damaged camera), then Haworth (the Bronte sisters), Halifax ("Last Tango in ... "), and Slaithwaite (pronounced slew-it, or similar, home of Shaun, who works in Peter Ramshaw Optometry in the new Belrose shopping centre).
We stopped for a well-earned drink and meal at the Sir William in Grindleford, before finally arriving at Memorial Cottage in the village of Eyam (pronounced eem), our home for the next week.
Eyam is famous for the events of the Plague in 1665/66, when 260 people died over a 14-month period, and the village magnanimously quarantined itself from the outside world to prevent the Plague spreading. It had arrived courtesy of an infected bolt of cloth bought from London by the local tailor. Geraldine Brooks' novel 'Year of Wonders' is based on the event.
Thur 21 July -
Memorial Cottage is a Grade II listed, period stone, terraced holiday cottage lying a few minutes walk from the centre of the village. Eyam is a beautiful unspoilt village set high among the moors in the north of the National Park between Bakewell and Castleton. The village has a museum, hall, several shops and a good pub, the Miners Arms, which was built in 1630, not long before the Plague.
Fri 22 July - Chatsworth House
Sat 23 July - Bakewell and Haddon Hall
Sun 24 July -
Mon 25 July -
Tue 26 July - Tideswell
The village of Tideswell lies about 20 kms west of Eyam. Its most notable feature is the church of St John the Baptist, known as "the cathedral of the peak". It originated in the 14th century, when Tideswell was a prosperous lead-mining town.