Extract from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831.
Transcribed by Mel Lockie, © Copyright 2010
Lewis Topographical Dictionaries

EYAM, a parish in the hundred of HIGH-PEAK, county of DERBY, comprising the townships of Eyam and Woodland-Eyam, and the hamlet of Foolow, and containing 1516 inhabitants, of which number, 1021 are in the township of Eyam, 1½ mile (N.W. by W.) from Stony-Middleton. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Derby, and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, rated in the king's books at £13. 15. 5. The Duke of Devonshire was patron in 1826. The church is dedicated to St. Helen. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists.

A free school is endowed with about £12 per annum, for which twenty poor children are educated: the school-house was rebuilt in 1826, by voluntary contribution. In September and October, 1665, the infection having been conveyed hither in a package from London, four-fifths of the inhabitants of the village were carried off by the plague. This parish is within the honour of Tutbury, duchy of Lancaster, and within the jurisdiction of a court of pleas held at Tutbury every third Tuesday, for the recovery of debts under 40s. Ann Seward, poetess and novelist, was a native of this place, of which her father was rector.

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