Discover the hall and collections at Eyam
The hall was built just six years after the plague devastated Eyam. Enjoy this welcoming family home lived in by eleven generations of the Wright family, with interesting collections and stories.
A family home
Admire the architecture
Highlights of the collection
- Family portraits: Step into the Hall and see the grand protrait of young Elizabeth Kniveton and her family. The portrait is hung pride of place in the home that was built for her and her new husband John Wright in 1672.
- Furniture: Unusual 17th-century wooden pair of bacon settles framing the fireplace, used for storing bacon and cured meats in a warm, dry environment. They were noted in a 1694 inventory of the hall, and may have been brought in by John and Elizabeth when the building of the Hall was complete.
- Embroidery: a 17th-century embroidered crewel bedding was found hidden within Elizabeth’s cedar chest. When being restored, the initials EW were found embroidered on one of the patches suggesting it was done by Elizabeth herself and formed a part of her dowry. Within the intricate stitching, trees, flowers, birds and beasts can be seen to make up the enchanted decoration.
- Engravings: with 340 years of history and 11 generations living in the hall, it was just too tempting for some of the inhabitants to leave their marks. Many of the windows have writing on them; the glass was softer and could easily be written on with a nib.
- China: Look our for a floral hand painted Coalport dessert service, used by the family over the years,in the Dining Room. The English porcelain dates from 1820 – 1825.
- Books: There are 1042 in the library, of which some are manuscript commonplace and notebooks belonging to and inscribed by pervious generations of the Wright family. The earliest book is Thomas Elyot’s “The Boke named the Gouernour” (London, 1546); a treatise on education andbeing a gentleman.
There is fascinating collection which has been saved and cherished by generations of the Wright family. Visit the collection and see how we continue to care for these sentimentally valuable items.