Derby plague of 1665

During the Great Plague of 1665 the area of Derby, England, fell victim to the bubonic plague epidemic, with many deaths.[1] Some areas of Derby still carry names that record the 1665 visitation such as Blagreaves Lane which was Black Graves Lane, while Dead Man's Lane speaks for itself. It has been claimed by some historians[citation needed] that bodies were buried standing upright at St. Peter's Church, Derby, but this legend has been refuted by experts.[citation needed]

The Headless Cross, also known as the "Vinegar Stone" or "Plague Stone" at Friar Gate, Derby, England.

Trade was carried out at a Market Stone on Ashbourne Road which leads into the Town Centre.[citation needed] During the epidemic, trade almost ceased and the population faced possible starvation, as well as a cruel death by infection with the plague.[citation needed]

Market stones took many forms, here we see the stone placed at Friar Gate (formerly Nuns Green) at the northern road into Derby (England). This was a medieval headless cross, and also called the "Vinegar Stone" because money was deposited in a trough of vinegar in the top of the stone in the belief that the vinegar would disinfect the coins and prevent the spread of the plague from happening.[citation needed]

Eyam Museum in the village of Eyam in the Peak District, Derbyshire, has a special emphasis on the Plague as it struck Eyam.[2]

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  1. ^ "Derby plague of 1665". Around Derby, UK. Archived from the original on 4 September 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  2. ^ "The moving saga of life in 'Plague Village'". Winner of the 1998/9 Museum of the Year Shoestring Award: Eyam Museum. Peak District Information, Derbyshire, UK. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.

Coordinates: 52°55′31″N 1°29′24″W / 52.92524°N 1.49003°W / 52.92524; -1.49003