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St Lawrence, Eyam, Derbyshire

(53°17′2″N, 1°40′28″W)
SK 218 764
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
medieval St Helen
now St Lawrence
  • Louisa Catt
  • Richard Jewell
09 Dec 1990

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Eyam is a village best known for its actions in the plague of 1665 designed to prevent the spread of the disease outside the village. It is in the Derbyshire Dales district of the county, in the Peak District National Park, 10 miles NE of Chesterfield. The church, in the village centre, consists of a nave, N and S aisles, a 13thc chancel and a 15thc W tower. The N aisle and chancel were restored in 1868-9 and the S aisle and porch rebuilt in 1882-3. There is an important Anglo-Saxon cross in the churchyard. The font is the only Romanesque feature.


Eyam was held by Karski in 1066 and by the king in 1086, and was assessed at 2 carucates. The earliest historical mention of a church in Eyam is found in the 1291 Taxatio, which valued the rectory of Eyam at £18 6s 8d per annum. In the Domesday Book, Henry I gave the manor of Eyam to William Peverel, though no church was mentioned. The family of Mortegnes held the manor of Eyam under Peverel.





The font at Bradbourne is similarly irregular in form and arcaded, while that at Ockbrook has intersecting arcading

  1. R. Clark, ‘The Dedications of Medieval Churches in Derbyshire: their survival and change from the reformation to the present day’, Derbyshire Archaeological Journal, 112 (1992), 48-61.

J.C. Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol 2: The hundreds of the High Peak and Wirksworth, Chesterfield, London, Derby 1877, 187-196.

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 80637

C. Hartwell, N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire, New Haven and London 2016, 395-397.