New era for historic Peak hall

Eyam Hall
Eyam Hall

A NEW chapter begins this month for Eyam Hall and Craft Centre in the Peak District.

Management of the Jacobean manor house in the ‘plague village’ has been taken over by the National Trust, which has secured a lease from the owners, Robert and Nicola Wright, on their retirement.

Mr Wright said: “The hall is part of Eyam’s remarkable history. It was important to us that its story continues to be told which is why we approached the Trust to help ensure this happens.”

The National Trust will tell the story of the Wright family in the hall and garden, while the craft centre will offer a visitor ‘hub’ from which to explore the plague story around the village.

Harry Bowell, assistant director of operations for the National Trust in the Midlands, said: “We are very excited about ‘National Trust Eyam’.

“It is a great opportunity for us to do something different - working with the local community to tell the internationally significant plague story around the courage of a community, whilst helping to conserve Eyam Hall and Craft Centre.”

The craft centre will open to the public in mid-March. The hall and gardens are due to be open to visitors from Wednesday to Sunday, running from March through to October. The craft centre will be open all year round.

Eyam Hall was built by Joseph Wright for his son, John, and his bride, Elizabeth, in 1672. It has been in the Wright family ever since., and was opened to the public in 1992.