Discover the hall and collections at Eyam

Library At Eyam hall

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

Built by Thomas Wright as a gift to his second son, the Jacobean manor and enchanting walled garden was set to become their family home for over 350 years.
Awash with sentimental possessions and with many family tales passed on, this authentic adaptable home will captivate you on your visit. Over the years rooms in the Hall were redesigned and their usage changed to accommodate the needs and personalities of the family
From family memories and photos, discover how some of the rooms once looked, why the Hall has two kitchens and how building for the future uncovered the past. 

Admire the architecture

The hall was built in the late 17th century and is a beautiful example of a Jacobean manor. Over the years the Hall has under gone various renovations by the family in order to modernise and shape it for their needs including extending areas of the Hall and installing a second stairway.

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.
Elizabeth Kniveton, the first inhabitant of the Hall, as a child with her family
The Kniveton family portrait in Eyam Hall's entrance hall
  • 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.
See the 17th-century bacon settles that have stood next to the fire for at least 300 years.
The entrance hall at Eyam Hall
  • 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. 
Embroidery in the oak bedroom, believed to be made by Elizabeth Wright herself
Embroidery in the oak bedroom at Eyam Hall
  • 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. 
Window engraving at Eyam Hall
Window engraving at Eyam Hall
  • 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.
See the traditional dining room. It was still used by the Wright family up until three years ago.
The dining room at Eyam Hall
  • 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.
See the 1042 books in Eyam Hall's library
Collection of books in the library at Eyam Hall

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.