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. _x000D__x000D_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._x000D_ _x000D_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