Medieval Villages



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Foster Harvests Years of Experience 

The Morning News - Jan 12 12:30 AM
On Monday, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is featuring Steven Foster, an author and internationally recognized authority on medicinal herbs. His talk, "Herbs and Medicinal Plants in the Ozarks," begins with a reception at 6 p.m. at the Botanical Garden headquarters at 4703 N. Crossover Road in Fayetteville.
Liguria's Magical Atmosphere 
Ohmynews - Jan 11 6:22 PM
Are you looking to enjoy a relaxing break in a beautiful setting that retains an old world charm? Maybe even rent a house for a few days? Well, Liguria is just up your street...

Stoystown a friendly, quiet place 
The Daily American - Jan 07 9:07 PM
Of Somerset County's many towns and villages, Stoystown is the only one with a medieval castle at it's entrance. But outside that unusual landmark, Stoystown is a quiet town, a place where its residents say everyone is friendly and troubles are few.

Jefferson had Quran to know his enemies 
WorldNetDaily - Jan 09 10:12 PM
A Special Forces veteran and commentator says new Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison (Hakim-Mohammad) of Minnesota was absolutely right when he said Thomas Jefferson gleaned knowledge from the Quran – only it was knowledge about his enemies that Jefferson likely gleaned.

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Remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle at the lost village Medival Villages of Alstoe, near Oakham, Rutland

Deserted medieval village (DMV) sites are former settlements which have been abandoned for one reason Medeival Villages or another over the years, usually leaving little Medeval Villages but the remains of earthworks Mediveal Villages or ghostly cropmarks. If, at a DMV, there are fewer than three inhabited houses Medieal Villages the convention is to regard the site as deserted; if there are more than three houses, it is regarded as Meideval Villages a shrunken medieval village. There are estimated to be more than 3,000 DMVs in England alone.


  • 1 Other deserted settlements
  • 2 Reasons for desertion
  • 3 Examples
  • 4 See also
  • 5 External links
  • 6 References

Other deserted settlements

Not all sites are medieval; villages reduced in size or disappeared over a long period, from as early as Anglo-Saxon times to as late as the 1960s, for numerous different causes.

Reasons for desertion

Over the centuries settlements have been deserted for natural reasons including rivers changing course or silting up, flooding (especially during the wet 13th and 14th centuries) as well as coastal and estuarine erosion.

Many were thought to have been abandoned as a result of the deaths of their inhabitants from the Black Death of the mid-14th century. While the plague must have greatly hastened the population decline, which had already set in by the early 14th century in England because of soil exhaustion and disease, most DMVs actually seem to date from the 15th century, when fields cultivated for cereals and vegetables by villagers were transformed into sheep pastures. This change of use by landowners to take advantage of the profitable wool trade led to hundreds of villages being deserted.

Later the aristocratic fashion for grand country mansions, parks and landscaped gardens led to whole villages being moved or destroyed to enable lords of the manor to satisfy the vogue – a process often called emparkment.

Between about 1760 and 1835 parliamentary enclosures transformed the English countryside as the ancient open field system of cultivation gave way to compact farms and enclosed fields. Bigger, more efficient farms resulted, but thousands of cottagers and small farmers were driven from the land and into the emerging big cities.

The notorious Highland Clearances led to a major depopulation of parts of Scotland during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.


See: List of lost settlements in the UK

Perhaps the best-known deserted medieval village in England is at Wharram Percy in Yorkshire, because of the extensive archaeological excavations conducted there between its discovery in 1948 and 1990. Its ruined church and its former fishpond are still visible. There is another excellent example at Gainsthorpe, Lincolnshire. Old Wolverton in Milton Keynes is a further example.[1]

See also

  • Abandoned village

External links

  • Deserted medieval villages and other abandoned communities in Britain


  1. ^ the sequence leading to its abandonment is given at History of Milton Keynes
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