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Fishink Travels in the Peak District Part 2

July 10, 2019

Hi and welcome back to my travels in the High Peak District in Derbyshire. We begin with a few images of the beautiful village of Tideswell.

Some interesting architecture in the village and a view inside the Church in my previous post.

Boo is ready for walks (after her long sleep and 6 sunny miles the previous day). There are new animals to meet, but she’s not so sure about the ponies enthusiastic greeting lol.

The paths are stunning and the variation of landscape keeps you guessing as to what will come next.

Beautiful woodland.

More open, undulating hillsides. What a view !Eyam

The village of Eyam was our final stop. It’s bursting with history, all about the Plague which hit the village in the mid 1600’s.

The history of the plague in the village began when a flea-infested bundle of cloth arrived from London for the local tailor. Within a week his assistant George Vicars was dead and more began dying in the household soon after. As the disease spread, the villagers turned for leadership to their rector, the Reverend William Mompesson, and the Puritan Minister Thomas Stanley. These introduced a number of precautions to slow the spread of the illness from May 1666. They included the arrangement that families were to bury their own dead and relocation of church services to the natural amphitheatre of Cucklett Delph, allowing villagers to separate themselves and so reducing the risk of infection. Perhaps the best-known decision was to quarantine the entire village to prevent further spread of the disease.

Despite all the historic features, a lot of people come to St Lawrence’s church to see the modern stained glass ‘Plague Window’, with colourful panels telling the story of Rev. Mompesson and the plague in Eyam. Here it is below, top right.

The wall paintings date back to the 18th century.

In the churchyard stands a striking Saxon cross in Mercian style, about 8 feet high. It was originally as much as 10 feet tall, but has lost a section of the cross shaft. The cross dates to the late 8th or early 9th century and originally stood at Cross Low, west of Eyam, where it probably served as a wayside preaching cross. It was discovered beside an ancient trackway during the 18th century, dug up, and erected in the churchyard at Eyam. It is only Saxon cross in the Midlands that retains its cross-head. The cross is beautifully carved with intricate interlace patterns on the shaft, with scrollwork and foliage, and figures depicting Christ, the Virgin Mary, and angels.

A great escape, even if it was just for two days.

One final reminder that I’m taking part in the Sale Arts Trail this weekend alongside around 40 designer-makers in the Sale area. I’ll be exhibiting a good range of my Fishink ceramics and illustrations at Venue A, Minikin Art Cafe at 57 Cross Street, M33 7HF, (across the road from Sainsbury’s).

Sat 10 til 5pm and Sun 10 til 4pm, tell your friends and pop along to have a browse and say hello.

Also drop into the Pop Up Shop for a venue leaflet, a chance to see who’s taking part and over the weekend, 8 artists will be exhibiting in the space.

SAT Pop Up is situated at 21 The Mall, Sale.

Look forward to catching up over the weekend.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. nkvorka permalink
    July 11, 2019 2:32 am

    This post and the past were great. I really enjoyed looking at them. Thank you so much!

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