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PremierLeague-News.Com - Ideas for bank holiday walks that could take you back in time
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A bank holiday weekend means there's more time to get out and about - perhaps a chance to explore somewhere new. And with lockdown easing meaning we can travel further afield responsibly you may be seeking inspiration for a stroll. Fortunately we live in the South West - a region blessed with stunning coast and countryside on Bristol's doorstep. Our neighbouring counties are rich in history and if you're looking for something a bit more captivating than a jaunt down the road, perhaps you should discover some of the West Country's 'lost' settlements. Our sister site Somerset Live has put together a list of some of the abandoned settlements in our region. Imber The abandoned village of Imber (Credit: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk) (Image: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk) The 'ghost village' of Salisbury Plain has been the subject of much interest as a result of its sudden abandonment in World War II. Abandoned in 1943 so the area could be used for military training exercises, the land is still owned by the Ministry of Defence. This ownership meant residents had no choice but to vacate the village when instructed. Many of the buildings remain intact and the village has been brought back to life somewhat through tours - but these only run on up to 50 days of the year. However, you can still get a decent view of the settlement on the Westbury White Horse walking trail. The eight-mile track takes in the sights of the landmark White Horse before passing the Imber site. Clicket Clicket is located on a public footpath, close to the village of Dunster. The area is also completely inaccessible by car, so you will need to go on foot to find this forgotten area. Clicket was never a large settlement and the various buildings which made up the 'village' were scattered along the valley bottom. Bickham's Mill (also called Beckham Mill) was located to the north east of Clicket on the east side of the valley. Thorn Farm, which is now ruined, was further up the eastern side of the valley to the east of Bickham's Mill, which both may have dated from medieval times. The village of Clicket may have existed as early as the 14th century but it doesn't appear in records until 1809.
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St James' Church at Lancaut (Image: Daren Leonard/@darenleonard_bristol on Instagram)
(Image: Daren Leonard/@darenleonard_bristol on Instagram)
Situated almost exactly on the England/Wales border in South Gloucestershire, alongside the Rive Wye, Lancaut lies on a narrow peninsula formed by the river. Nothing is left of the original village besides the roofless St James' Church, but the remains of the ramparts of an Iron Age fort can be found along the peninsula. As of 1306, the village had ten tenant households, but by 1848 there were only 16 inhabitants.
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Tyneham Just a mile's walk from Worbarrow Bay on the Jurassic Coast, Tyneham is notorious as Dorset's 'lost village' after being evacuated in December 1943, during World War II. It has been deserted since then and has not been put to use since being taken over for military training. There are several pieces of evidence in the area surrounding Tyneham suggesting Roman occupation and the village is mentioned under the name Tigeham, meaning 'goat enclosure', in the Domesday Book. The site of the village has been seen on a wider scale as it was used for the filming of 'Comrades', a movie about the Tolpuddle Martyrs, in 1985 and was seen in the climax of 'Angel's Share' in 2006. (A note for anyone who goes walking around the area: Tyneham and Worbarrow are part of the Ministry of Defence Lulworth Ranges so if walking to Worbarrow Bay you must keep to the paths marked with yellow posts at all times.) Nether Adber This village near Marston Magna is arranged around a green and is believed to have had roads running out of it on all sides. One of these old roads became what is now Thorney Lane and some remnants of the old village may still be on show on the site. Documents from both 16th and 17th centuries record land in Nether Adber as being pasture but it's thought it boasted a moated manor and a chapel in its prime. It was held by Siward the Fowler and then later by the Huntley family, who sold it off field by field in the 17th century. Nether Adber is one of the best preserved deserted medieval settlements in the county and the village site is now owned by the County Council. Moreton (Chew Valley Lake)
The village of Moreton once sat where Chew Valley Lake lies now
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A settlement that was listed in the Domesday Book when completed in 1086 by William the Conqueror, Moreton was based in what is now the Chew Valley Lake. You can't actually visit the settlement itself any more, though - unfortunately the settlement was abandoned when the lake was flooded and completely submerged Moreton in the 1950s. Investigations into the area before the lake was created suggested habitation went back as far as Neolithic times and it is sometimes possible to see evidence of the village when the lake is at a low level. There are walking routes all around the lake, which would make for a brisk but beautiful outing.
Snap This abandoned village in Wiltshire was recorded initially under the name of Snape in 1268, and in the 14th century it had just 19 poll-tax payers. Found in the parish of Aldbourne in north-east Wiltshire, it was primarily made up of farming people until the end of the 19th century, when changes in agricultural practices forced the abandonment of the settlement. Most of the remaining buildings were destroyed as the area was used for army gunnery practice for the First World War, with the rubble plundered for building materials until very little evidence of the original village existed. It lies near the Ridgeway National Trail.
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