Wharram Percy

Wharram Percy

The Lost Medieval Village


It was once thought that medieval peasant villages were "deserted" due to the months of the Black Death in 1349. Reseach at Wharram Percy -- and a few other villages -- has shown that, on the contrary, there are over 3000 such "deserted" villages in England and that they were depopulated by economic forces in the 15th c. Indeed, the Wharram Project, which began in 1950, has shown that many of these sites were inhabited for centuries before the middle ages. Also, the evidence gathered at Wharram Percy has added immensely to our knowledge of English medieval peasant life.

This introduction to the village of Wharram Percy covers the following:

Ken Tompkins
ken@loki.stockton.edu