The Lost Village and the Landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds
Agricultural History Review, Volume 6 part 2 (1958)
The enquiries of the historian and the archaeologist have shown that the deserted village site is a feature of many English countrysides. It is now possible to assign a date to the final disappearance of many of these places, and to say why they disappeared. Little attention has been paid, however, to the later history of the village lands. In particular, their physical character during the eighteenth century, when widespread changes were effected by enclosure in many areas, has been virtually ignored. Yet the evidence from the challdands of the East Riding of Yorkshire suggests that important changes in the landscape occurred in a number of deserted villages at this time, the initial depopulating enclosure having modified but not destroyed the old open landscape at some earlier period.