The Parish Church of St Lawrence in Eyam
...home to over 1000 years of Christian worship
The Parish Church of St Lawerence partly dates from the 12th century and is believed to stand on a Saxon foundation.
The truncated Saxon preaching cross standing in the churchyard of the restored 13th century Parish Church tells of a much earlier settlement in Eyam. The church has many touching memorials of the Plague, including a book recording the names of all the victims and William Mompesson’s chair, rescued from a Liverpool antique shop.
Among the other features in this fascinating church are some medieval wall paintings, an Elizabethan screen, other good Jacobean woodwork, and an elaborate 18th century (1775) sundial over the south door.
Close to the magnificent Saxon Cross in the churchyard is the table-top tomb of Mompesson’s wife, Catherine, who died in at the height of the outbreak.
Also in the churchyard is the amusing headstone to the Derbyshire and England cricketer Harry Bagshaw. It shows a set of stumps being broken by a ball, over which a celestial hand points the index finger upwards – showing that Harry’s innings is well and truly over!
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015