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28 July 2013

Explore Wharram Percy deserted village, Yorkshire

Found in a tranquil setting in the Yorkshire Wolds, Wharram Percy is an abandoned village that was first settled by prehistoric man, and was a thriving settlement from the 12th and 14th centuries. However, by about 1500 all the villagers had been driven out by the local landowner, and their homes erased to make room for some much more profitable residents, in the form of sheep.

Today, the area is in the care of English Heritage, with the ruins of the church still standing, and visitors able to trace the layout of the village and learn about the lives of its residents through interpretation panels.

For more, see http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/wharram-percy-deserted-medieval-village/

^Picture © Verity Cridland used under a Creative Commons license^


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