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1665 saw the Great plague wipe out vast numbers of lives, as they fell victim to an incurable and quick spreading disease. The Village of Vernham Dene was not spared this fate and the rector of the Parish is said to have been so concerned by it that the infected were persuaded to camp on the isolated top of Haydown Hill.

The story continues to say that he was so terrified of the plague that despite promising them supplies he never went up there. The isolated sufferers died from starvation and disease, the rector was not spared either and also died from the plague. This would seemingly be an apt tale for morals if you are inclined that way…

It is now said that his ghost has often been spotted along Chute Cause, climbing the towards the top of Haydown Hill. So does this tale have any basis? Most likely down to a 26 year gap in the records of births, deaths and marriages as from 1628-1654 no volume of records can be found and someone must have concluded they all died because of it. Over time the story may have been changed and adapted and changed until it was transported into the story of the 1665 wipe out that comes out.

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By Graham Horn, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link


Bara-Hack are the remnants of a hamlet in Connecticut, USA, that was said to have been founded by two Welsh men and their family. The settlers were Obadiah Higginbottom and John Randall, they came to the area with their families and the name Bara-Hack is a Welsh term meaning ‘breaking of bread’. By 1890 the community had been abandoned, it may well have occurred sometime before the Civil War.

The remnants include foundations, walls of the derelict buildings and a cemetery. 19th Century records for both the village and cemetery mention obscure sounds, singing, laughter and the rumble of wagon wheels despite no inhabitants. There are also reports of animal sounds but alone this doesn’t spell anything strange, from what I could find to consider animal sounds in a wood strange I would need further context as to why.

If you do decided to visit then please note this is on privately owned property and you should seek permission first.

A pretty cool picture of the central stones.


Eyam is down the road from me, about 50 minute’s drive I’d estimate. So in all honesty I should make an effort to go there but as I write this there’s plenty of snow on the ground and my car’s not built for the country. However I’ll put it on the list and hopefully get there at some point.

Eyam is a village in Derbyshire, England and is famous for being the “plague village”, not to say everyone has it now of course. Back in August 1665 when the plague was found there the residents isolated the village so that the plague could not spread.

The plague was brought in by a flea-infected bundle of cloth, delivered to the tailor George Vicars, from London. Within a week Vicars was dead, he was buried 7th September 1665. After the start of the deaths the people turned to their rector, Reverend William Mompesson and they decided to begin their own precautions.

It was decided that families would bury their own dead, they would also relocate services from the Parish Church of St Lawrence to Cucklett Delph so that villagers would separate themselves more. It was designed to stop the spread, but the more drastic and well-known measure was to quarantine the village entirely to prevent it going elsewhere.

The plague raged on for over a year and around 260 villagers died, 83 survived and the church has a record of 273 individuals at the time that were victims. When the outsiders first started to visit a year or more after they found less than a quarter of it’s former size… Some however seemed to have survive by random chance as there was direct contact to the plague with them.

A rather sorry story is Elizabeth Hancock who never did get sick but buried six of her children and her husband within eight days of one another, these graves are known as the Riley Graves. It is also recorded that Marshall Howe was the unofficial gravedigger who survived and yet had handled many of the infected bodies, an immunity that may have been brought about as he had survived it earlier on.

If I should get there I shall look around for some nice pictures, the village and hall looked rather nice from what I could find online. I’ll be sure to feedback if I do!