The Completely Deserted Medieval Village Hidden In The Yorkshire Countryside

Welcome to our perfect home. Completely deserted, away from other human beings, and within the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Wharram Percy, a place that formerly housed human life once-upon-a-time, can found tucked away in the Yorkshire Wolds – just a few miles down the road from Yorkshire’s food capital, Malton.

Wharram Percy Church/Adam Wyles/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

One of England’s best preserved medieval villages, those who stumble upon the secluded spot will find the remains of a number of buildings, including a church, a millpond, and the decaying foundations of peasant housing – all of which tell the story of a bygone era.

It makes for an incredibly interesting walk, in particular for history buffs who enjoy wandering around pondering what it was that made civilisation completely flee from the scenic area.

Wharram Percy – The Cottages
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A place that was once home to an estimated 200 people, Wharram Percy last saw life dwelling on its soil way back in the 16th century – when it’s believed that some of the the village’s residents were sent away as part of forced evictions to make room for more sheep farming, while the remainder of the population simply gradually abandoned the area – according to English Heritage.

The village faced a whole lot of sticky situations that led to its steep population decline before that, however, facing a deathly bought of the plague and being raided by the Scots who set fire to a number of farmsteads.

Wharram Percy trackbed
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Now, the village would make for prime property for developers – surrounded by the iconic Yorkshire Wolds and nearby to Malton, the Howardian Hills and a short drive away from the coastline. Thank the heavens its a preserved site of archaeological importance now – as much as we’d love to escape civilisation and live beyond those rolling hills.

Wharram Percy
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Archaeologists have undertaken extensive research over the years to discover what it was that forced life away from the picturesque village, with skeletons and other medieval resources continuing to provide insight to researchers to this day.

Visitors can see the abandoned village for free, or check it out as part of the stunning Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail.

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