Eyam and The Great Plague

Thomas Stanley

Thomas Stanley was the Puritan of Eyam during the plague. In June 1666, Thomas and William Mompesson decided that nobody should leave or enter Eyam. Thomas and William introduced a number of other precautions to help slow the spread of the disease, they arranged that families were to bury their own dead, they also decide to hold church services in the open air. When the plague arrived in Eyam, Thomas wanted to leave the village. The villagers managed to convince Thomas to stay to look after the dying and write wills for them.