I love these photos from a time lost. If pictures can paint a thousand words, these photos just ask me one: Why?
1. Little Oxenden, Northamptonshire
The classic layout of a medieval village. The long groove running left to right formed the main route through the settlement. The large rectangles either side are called crofts and they represent gardens used for growing vegetables. Within these are smaller rectangular earthworks, called tofts, which were walled plots with a house and perhaps a barn standing within. The large rectangle in the centre may have been the manor house or chapel.
2. East Matfen, Tyne & Wear
Surrounding this deserted village are the undulating lines of medieval ploughing, known as ridge and furrow.
3. Clipston, Northamptonshire
Although Clipston is still occupied, many abandoned features surround the current village. This image shows crofts, tofts and extensive medieval ploughing.
4. Wharram Percy, North Yorkshire
The most famous and one of the best preserved British deserted medieval villages, Wharram Percy is a nationally important scheduled ancient monument. Visiting…
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