Eyam and The Great Plague


Bubonic plague symptoms can occur within two to six days of being infected by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. If left untreated, symptoms, such as vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea can occur along with large purple swellings called Buboes. Approximately 10 to 20 percent of people with bubonic plague symptoms will also develop symptoms in the lungs. This is called pneumonic plague, and is often fatal.

During the plague there were many strange and useless ideas as to how to cure the plague. These included squating in a waste-filled gutter and placing a bag of herbs over your nose to keep the smell away. Really desperate victims would also have the large purple swellings under their arms called Buboes, burst with a red hot poker. These theories proved to be completely useless.
An example of what a plague victim may have looked like, as found in the Eyam museum.