Cemetery at Riley Graves, Riley Graves, Eyam

Record ID:  60047 / MNA112094
Record type:  Monument
Protected Status: Listed Building: Grade II
NT Property:  Eyam: Riley Graves; Midlands
Civil Parish:  Eyam; Derbyshire Dales; Derbyshire
Grid Reference:  SK 2285 7638
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Summary

To the east of Eyam Village is an egg-shaped enclosure surrounded by a drystone wall and containing 7 graves, belonging to the Hancock family.

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Cemetery at Riley Graves (2017), Eyam: Riley Graves © National Trust
Cemetery at Riley Graves (2017), Eyam: Riley Graves © National Trust

Monument Types

  • FRIENDS BURIAL GROUND (Mid 17th C to Late 19th C - 1666 AD to 1900 AD)

Description

In a field on the E side of Eyam village is an egg-shaped enclosure surrounded by a drystone wall and containing 7 graves. They belong to those members of the Hancock family who died from the plague within 7 days of each other in August 1666. Six of the graves are marked by simply-inscribed sandstone slabs set upright, with no grave mounds visible. The seventh, belonging to John Hancock senior, is a table tomb. The family lived in a house within the field (60436) which is called Riley Field, hence the name given to the burials. No excavation or surveys have been carried out.

References

  • SZE16772 - Photograph - black and white: Harry Beamish. 01/04/1986. Riley Graves, Eyam, Longshaw Estate. 16.

  • SZE4172 - Monograph: J Croston. 1862. On Foot Through the Peak.

  • SZE4176 - Article in serial: R Keene. 1884. A six days' ramble over Derbyshire hills and dales, in the year 1858. 6.

  • SZE4345 - Monograph: S T Hall. 1853. The Peak and the Plain.

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Other Statuses and References

  • HER/SMR Reference (External): 5405
  • National Park

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