Beresford’s Lost Villages


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Presented below is a list of publications on deserted medieval settlement. This is NOT an exhaustive list, and will be constantly under review. It however does present some of the key publications on medieval settlement, and provides a list of county-based reviews of desertion. Specific information on particular sites can be found on their individual pages. For a fuller list of publications by Maurice Beresford, please see his pages on this website. We also provide here links to online resources for the study of settlements.

Deserted Settlements

Allison, K.J. 1970. Deserted Villages. London: Macmillan and Co.

Beresford, M.W. 1951. ‘The Lost Villages of Medieval England’, Geographic Journal 117: 129-49.

Beresford, M.W. 1953. ‘The Deserted Medieval Villages of England’, Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society 1: 100-106.

Beresford, M.W. 1954. The Lost Villages of England. London: Lutterworth.

Beresford, M.W. 1954. ‘The Lost Villages of Northern England’, in W.A. Singleton (ed.) Studies in Architectural History: 115-138. York: St Anthony’s Press.

Beresford, M.W. 1986. ‘A Draft Chronology of Deserted Village Studies’, Medieval Settlement Research Group Annual Report 1: 18-23.

Beresford, M.W. and J.G. Hurst 1971. Deserted Medieval Village: Studies. London: Lutterworth Press.

Beresford, M.W. and J.G. Hurst 1990. Wharram Percy: Deserted Medieval Village. London: Batsford/English Heritage.

Driver, L. 2006. The Lost Villages of England. London: New Holland.

Dyer, C. and R. Jones 2010. Deserted Villages Revisited. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press.

Muir, R. 1982. The Lost Villages of Britain. London: Penguin.

Rowley, T. and J. Wood. 2000. Deserted Villages. Princes Risborough: Shire Archaeology.

Annual Reports of the Deserted Medieval Village Research Group (1953-1971), Medieval Village Research Group (1972-1985) and Medieval Settlement Research Group (1986 to present day).

Medieval settlement and the medieval landscape

Astill, G. and A. Grant 1988. The Countryside of Medieval England. Oxford: Blackwell.

Aston, M. 1985. Interpreting the Landscape. London: Batsford.

Aston, M., D. Austin and C. Dyer (eds) 1989. The Rural Settlements of Medieval England. Oxford: Blackwell.

Baker, A.R.H. and R.A. Butlin (eds) 1973. Studies of Field Systems in the British Isles. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Barker, K. and T. Darvill 1995. Making English Landscapes. Oxford: Oxbow.

Beresford, M.W. 1957. History on the Ground. London: Lutterworth Press.

Beresford, M.W. and J.R.K. St Joseph 1979. Medieval England: an Aerial Survey. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Christie, N. and P. Stamper (eds) 2012. Medieval Rural Settlement in Britain and Ireland AD 800-1600. Oxford: Windgather.

Creighton, O. 2009. Designs upon the Landscape: Elite Landscapes of the Middle Ages. Woodbridge: Boydell.

Darby, H.C. 1977. Domesday England.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dyer, C. 1989. Standards of Living in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dyer, C. 2002. Making a Living in the Middle Ages: the People of Britain 850-1520. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Everson, P. and T. Williamson (eds) 1998. The Archaeology of Landscape: Studies Presented to Christopher Taylor. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Gardiner, M. and S. Rippon (eds) 2007. Medieval Landscapes. Macclesfield: Windgather Press.

Gelling, M. 1984. Place Names in the Landscape. London: Dent.

Gelling, M. 1997. Signposts to the Past. Chichester: Phillimore.

Gelling, M. and A. Cole 2000. The Landscape of Place-Names. Stamford: Shaun Tyas.

Gerrard, C. 2003. Medieval Archaeology: Understanding Traditions and Contemporary Approaches. London: Routledge.

Giles, K. and C. Dyer (eds) 2005. Town and Countryside in the Middle Ages: Contrasts, Contacts and Interconnections, 1100-1500. Leeds: Society for Medieval Archaeology.

Gray, H.L. 1915. English Field Systems. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.

Hooke, D. (ed.) 1985. Medieval Villages: A Review of Current Work. Oxford: Oxford University Committee for Archaeology.

Hoskins, W.G. 1955. The Making of the English Landscape. London: Hodder and Stoughton.

Jones, R. and M. Page 2006. Medieval Villages in an English Landscape. Bollington: Windgather.

Lewis, C., P. Mitchell-Fox and C. Dyer 2001. Village, Hamlet and Field. Macclesfield: Windgather Press.

Liddiard, R. 2007. The Medieval Park: New Perspectives. Macclesfield: Windgather.

Mileson, S.A. 2009. Parks in Medieval England. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Morris, R. 1989. Churches in the Landscape. London: Dent and Sons.

Oosthuizen, S. 2006. Landscape Decoded: the Origins and Development of Cambridgeshire’s Medieval Fields. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press.

Postan, M.M. 1972. The Medieval Economy and Society. London: Penguin.

Rackham, O. 1986. The History of the Countryside. London: Dent.

Reed, M. 1997. The Landscape of Britain: from the Beginnings to 1914. London: Routledge.

Rippon, S. 2004. Historic Landscape Analysis: Deciphering the Countryside. York: Council for British Archaeology.

Rippon, S. 2008. Beyond the Medieval Village: The Diversification of Landscape Character in Southern Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rippon, S. 2012. Making Sense of an Historic Landscape. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Roberts, B.K. 1987. The Making of the English Village. Harlow: Longman.

Roberts, B.K. 2008. Landscapes, Documents and Maps. Oxford: Oxbow.

Roberts, B.K. and R.E. Glasscock (eds) 1983. Villages, Fields and Frontiers. Oxford: BAR International Series 185.

Roberts, B.K. and S. Wrathmell 2000. An Atlas of Rural Settlement in England. London: English Heritage.

Roberts, B.K. and S. Wrathmell 2002. Region and Place: a Study of English Rural Settlement. London: English Heritage.

Rowley, T. 1994. Villages in the Landscape. London: Orion.

Sawyer, P. 1976. Medieval Settlement, Continuity and Change. London: Edward Arnold.

Taylor, C. 1975. Fields in the English Landscape. London: Dent.

Taylor, C. 1983: Village and Farmstead. London: Phillip.

Turner, S. and B. Silvester (eds) 2011. Life in Medieval Landscapes: People and Places in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Windgather Press.

Williamson, T. 2003. Shaping Medieval Landscapes: Settlement, Society, Environment. Macclesfield: Windgather Press.

Williamson, T. 2013. Environment, Society and Landscape in Early Medieval England : Time and Topography. Woodbridge: Boydell.

County Reviews

Allison, K.J. 1955. ‘The Lost Villages of Norfolk’, Norfolk Archaeology 31: 116-62.

Allison, K.J., M.W. Beresford and J.G. Hurst 1965. The Deserted Villages of Oxfordshire. Leicester: University Leicester Department of English Local History Occasional Papers 17.

Allison, K.J., M.W. Beresford and J.G. Hurst 1966. The Deserted Villages of Northamptonshire. Leicester: University Leicester Department of English Local History Occasional Papers 18.

Aston, M. and L. Viner 1984. The Study of Deserted Villages in Gloucestershire, in A. Saville (ed.) Archaeology in Gloucestershire from the Earliest Hunters to the Industrial Age:276-93. Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museums/Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Cheltenham.

Bate, P.V. and D.M. Palliser 1971. `Suspected Lost Village Sites in Staffordshire’ Transactions of the Staffordshire Archaeological and Historical Society 12: 31-6.

Beresford, M.W. 1950. ‘The Deserted Villages of Warwickshire’, Transactions of the Birmingham and Midlands Archaeological Society 66: 49-106.

Beresford, M.W. 1951. ‘The Lost Villages of Yorkshire, Part I’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 37: 474-91.

Beresford, M.W. 1952. ‘The Lost Villages of Yorkshire, Part II’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 38: 44-70.

Beresford, M.W. 1953. ‘The Lost Villages of Yorkshire, Part III’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 38: 215-40.

Beresford, M.W. 1953-4. ‘Glebe Terriers and Open-field Buckinghamshire, with a Summary List of Deserted Villages of the County: Part 2’, Records of Buckinghamshire 16: 5-28.

Beresford, M.W. 1954. ‘The Lost Villages of Yorkshire, Part IV’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 38: 280-309.

Beresford, M.W. and J.G. Hurst 1962. ‘Introduction to a First List of Deserted Medieval Village Sites in Berkshire’, Berkshire Archaeological Journal 60: 92-97.

Bond, C.J. 1982. ‘Deserted Medieval Villages in Warwickshire and Worcestershire’, in T.R. Slater and P.J. Jarvis (eds) Field and Forest: an Historical Geography of Warwickshire and Worcestershire: 147-172. Norwich: Geo Books.

Burleigh, G.R. 1973. ‘An Introduction to Deserted Medieval Villages in East Sussex’, Sussex Archaeological Collections 111: 45-83.

Burleigh, G.R. 1976. ‘Further Notes on Deserted and Shrunken Medieval Villages in Sussex’, Sussex Archaeological Collections 114: 61-8.

Davison, A. 1996. Deserted Villages in Norfolk. North Walsham: Poppyland Publishing.

Deserted Medieval Village Research Group 1963-64. ‘Provisional List of Deserted Medieval Villages in Leicestershire’, Transaction Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society 39: 24-33.

Dyer, C. 1982 `Deserted Medieval Villages in the West Midlands’, Economic History Review 35: 19-34.

Good, R. 1979. The Lost Villages of Dorset. Wimborne: The Dovecote Press.

Hall, J. and A. Hamlin 1976. ‘Deserted Medieval Settlements in Devon’, The Devon Historian 13: 2-7.

Holden, E.W. 1962. ‘Deserted Medieval Villages (of Sussex)’, Sussex Notes and Queries 15: 312-15.

Hoskins, W.G. 1946. ‘The Deserted Villages of Leicestershire’, Transactions of Leicestershire Archaeological Society 22: 241-64.

Hoskins, W.G. 1950. Essays in Leicestershire History. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Linehan, C.D. 1966. ‘Deserted Sites and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon’, Medieval Archaeology 10: 113-144.

Martin, E. 1989. ‘Deserted and Sparsely Populated Settlement in Suffolk’, Medieval Settlement Research Group Annual Report 4: 13-14.

Munby, L.M. 1961. ‘Deserted Villages in Hertfordshire’, Hertfordshire Past and Present 11: 11-16.

Musty, J. 1961. ‘Deserted Medieval Villages in Wiltshire’, Wiltshire Archaeology Magazine 58: 49-50.

Oosthuizen, S. 2009. ‘The Deserted Medieval Settlements of Cambridgeshire: A Gazetteer’, Medieval Settlement Research 24: 14-19.

Phillimore, W.P.W. 1884. ‘Notes on Some of the Deserted Villages and Churches of Nottinghamshire’, in J.P. Briscoe (ed.) In Old Nottinghamshire: 66-88. London: Hamilton, Adams and Co.

Phillimore, W.P.W. 1894. ‘Deserted Villages of Nottinghamshire’, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Notes and Queries 2: 128-35, 150-152, 161-168.

Rutherford-Davies, K. 1964. ‘Deserted Medieval Villages in Hertfordshire – a Supplementary List’, Hertfordshire Past and Present 4: 11.

Rutherford-Davies 1973. The Deserted Medieval Villages of Hertfordshire. Chichester: Phillimore.

Vigar, J. 1994. Lost Villages of Sussex. Wimborne: The Dovecote Press.

Wade-Martins, P and K. Wade 1967. ‘Some Deserted Villages in Norfolk: Notes for Visitors’, Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin 17: 2-8.

Wrightman, W.E. 1961. ‘Open Field Agriculture in the Peak District’, Derbyshire Archaeological Journal 81: 111-125.

Online sources

Data sources

British History Online

Domesday Explorer Project

E179 database

Heritage Gateway  

Hull University Repository Domesday data  

The Online Historical Population Reports Website    

Open Domesday    

OS grid reference conversion tool   


Vision of Britain

Medieval settlement research

Medieval Settlement Research Group

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Abandoned Communities