For needlecraft enthusiasts and lovers of interesting historical events there is no better place to visit than Eyam Hall in Derbyshire ( National Trust ). On an Autumn visit this year we were taken aback by the wonderful embroidered bed hangings covered in foliage, flowers and beautiful exotic birds. Plus a whole room covered in a glorious patchwork of tapestry weavings – some dating back to the 1700’s. If you are interested in crewel work in particular, then this Hall is a must see.
Eyam Hall is situated in the village of Eyam, which is famous because the villagers made the ultimate sacrifice 350 years ago, to prevent the spread of the deadly plague -with their own lives! You can’t fail to be moved as you learn about the individuals who gave everything – even one young woman who gave up her fiancé so that the disease did not spread to his village.
It’s well worth a visit!
The Hall is open until Sunday 20 December 10.30am – 3pm except Monday and Tuesday with the adjoining craft centre open most days except Mondays.
3 Dec – there are Free Volunteer led village walks.
5 Dec – a Wreath making workshop
12/13 Dec – Food Market featuring local producers with seasonal food.