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Ian HP Origin: The Roses of Eyam (John Trevor) (22) ROSES OF EYAM INFO PLEASE 28 Mar 01


I've just been listening to some old Roy Bailey material and the song 'Roses of Eyam' by John Trevor has just struck me like a thunderbolt. It is from his 1982 'Hard Times' album, reproduced on the collection 'Past Masters'. The song is obviously based on real events, which I would love to find out more about (I plan to sing it), sources, info about the author, etc., if anyone knows.

The story in the song is that in 1665 George Vickers, a tailor in the English village of Eyam, received some material from London which carried the plague. It killed him. The two ministers of religion in the village were Thomas Stanley, a Puritan, and [can't tell name, sounds like "Mompasson"?? - anyone know?], an Anglican, who were theological enemies. In this crisis they worked together, telling the villagers they must build a wall around the village so that all stay and die to contain the plague. They did, leaving 33 out of 360 alive.

It's a very moving song, including a litany of the family names of those who died.

More info? Help, please.


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