Drama of the story of the Derbyshire village of Eyam during the plague of 1665-66.
Greater Love - ep.1/5
by Don Shaw
The true story of the Derbyshire village of Eyam during The Plague of 1665-66 in which characters and their values change as tragedy unfolds, as the whole village effectively agrees to stay in the village in order for the Plague not to spread. A new young Rector battles for authority with the puritanical former rector. William announces the betrothal of Emmy and Rowland but then he and Stanley are called to tend to a sick villager who dies before they arrive. Stanley identifies plague from experience. William, shocked, fails to anoint the tailor. Stanley suspects the cause is cloth brought from London. It must be burnt and a quick burial to keep secrecy, prevent panic.
Producer Pauline Harris
There are strong parallels between the Ebola crises today, and the Plague in Eyam in1665. In both cases ignorance spread the disease.
SUMMARY: William Mompesson, a Cambridge graduate, arrives with wife Catherine as replacement for the sacked Puritan Thomas Stanley. Embittered, Stanley lives on village charity while William lives finely in the rectory on money donated by the squire. Stanley, having been rector for 17 years naturally has most of the men on his side. William believes that fleeing the village is the answer. Stanley insists on incarceration. This incredible true story charts how the whole village, with the exception of the richest - squires etc. decided to stay inside the village boundaries in order not to spread the Plague. So effective no-one is allowed out of the village, nor anyone new allowed in. The greatest compassion arises from the story of two young lovers, Emmy Sydall and her fiancé Rowland.