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Plague Sunday


Last Sunday in August - A service is held in Cucklet Cleft (Cucklet Church), a natural cavern destroyed by glacier ice near Eyam, Derbyshire. The service commemorates the bravery of the Eyam villagers and William Mompesson, for closing Eyam village after it became infested with the plague in 1665. Following the plague public gatherings were discouraged, which included church services.  Therefore they would have open air services wherer they thought there was less chance of spreading any remnants of the disease.  Hence the place where they met was called Cucklet Church.

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