Friday, 2 March 2018

Eyam Flea Dusting

"A Derbyshire Almanac" by Paul Sullivan lists some old customs in the village of Eyam. Children pulled the stamens from daffodils and pretended to churn butter in the flower's trumpet...and wives dutifully swept their steps ("the dusting of the fleas") believing "if you kill a flea in March you kill a hundred". This being the village where Plague struck in 1666, courtesy of fleas..... 

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