Across the length and breadth of Britain there are more than 3,000 lost villages: once-thriving communities that fell victim to the pressures of disease, industry, social and political change. Now reduced to ivy-clad remnants or weather-worn ruins, all are echoes of a former age and evoke in us a natural curiosity as to who lived in them, what life was like there, what caused their decline. In this beguiling book bestselling author Henry Buckton goes in search of some of the more recent lost villages from around Britain. They include Hallsands in Devon, swept away in a violent storm; the island communities of Vatersay and Mingulay, in Scotland, victims to the changing fortunes of the local laird; Stocks in Bowland and Greenbooth in Lancashire, whose watery fate was sealed by the growing demands of England's west coast towns; and the picture-perfect villages of Imber in Wiltshire and Tyneham in Dorset, requisitioned to help safeguard the nation but never given back. Combining rare photographs, personal research and the memories of those who knew the villages, the author provides a timely and at times moving record of communities whose stories would otherwise soon be lost for ever.
Lost Villages, The
Rediscovering Britain's Vanished Communities