Abandoned Communities ..... Links



Gainsthorpe deserted medieval village in Lincolnshire, where many fascinating earthworks survive. It is managed by English Heritage, and this page of their website has an excellent aerial photograph.





A section of Flickr devoted to deserted villages. Many photographs.









A section of the Legendary Dartmoor website on Houndtor deserted village. The finest account of a deserted village I have seen anywhere on the internet. Includes a plan of the settlement and plans of each building.








The Literary Norfolk website lists about 150 deserted villages in Norfolk, with a summary of the various reasons for desertion.







The Lonely Isles website, describing abandoned and sparsely populated Scottish islands.







A website with information about Riccarton Junction, a village and station on the railway line between Carlisle and Edinburgh.








When iron and steel works were opened near the mouth of the River Tees in 1873 the village of Warrenby was created to provide staff accommodation. During the 1970s the villagers moved away to more satisfactory housing.






Ravenser Odd, an important medieval town in the Humber Estuary, was washed away by the sea around 1360. Several other smaller settlements on the Holderness coast, including Owthorne, have suffered the same fate.





Tyneham in Dorset was requisitioned for military training in December 1943. The people of the village were evacuated and not allowed to return at the end of World War II. A lot of information and many maps, photographs, and personal reminiscences can be found on the Tyneham OPC website.






The valley of Dalehead and the village of Stocks in Bowland were evacuated around 1930 in order to create the Stocks reservoir.  The Dalehead.org website tells the story of the evacuation, and has many photos of residents, buildings and landscape before the valley was flooded.






Marsden village, near South Shields, was created in the 1870s to provide homes for miners working at the Whitburn Colliery and their families. In 1954 Marsden was placed on County Durham’s notorious D list. Its people moved to new accommodation and the buildings were demolished. The mine closed in 1968. The memory of the mine and the village is preserved by the Marsden Banner Group.  






Natasha de Chroustchoff, otherwise known as Ceridwen, has published several photographs of Maes-y-Mynydd on the Geograph website. Maes-y-Mynydd, near the west coast of Pembrokeshire, may have been created as a Quaker community. It was abandoned early in the twentieth century.







Orchard Place developed in the nineteenth century as a community close to the East India Docks in London. It was condemned as a slum district in 1935 and removed. Information about the area and the community can be found on the British History Online website, and the memories of Charles Lammin, written in 1935, are reproduced in the Isle of Dogs Life blog.







Here is a Youtube video of Snap, an abandoned village in Wiltshire. Part of the video used film captured by a drone. The video was made by Wiltshire Man.


Please let me know if you have used a drone in filming an abandoned village.