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St Lawrence's Church

Location of the haunted place: Eyam, Derbyshire


Origin of the haunting: 17th Century


Background: William Mompesson was the Rector of Eyam in the 17th Century. The ghost of his wife Catherine tells the story.


Ghost story: We had not been married long and we were so happy. In 1665 the Great Plague reached our town. My husband ordered that no one should leave Eyam. It did not stop the vile disease from taking over 300 people from us. My husband and I worked hard to comfort the sick and dying.

One afternoon we went for a walk in the churchyard and I remarked how sweet the air smelt. My husband looked at me and the horror in his eyes made my blood run cold. One of the first signs of the plague is a sweetness of smell. It was just a matter of time before the disease took me from my beloved husband.

The churchyard holds such strong memories for me and you can still see me there. I am the lady in the white dress.

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