Lost Villages of Britain DVD




All over Britain, you may stumble across the remains of villages that were once busy and full of life but now lie silent and still.

These are known as `lost villages´ or even `ghost villages´ and there are an estimated 3,000 of them.

We visit a number that disappeared during the 20th century, from the Outer Hebrides to the South West of England, and because of their diversity there are many reasons why they met their end.

Some of our featured villages vanished because of economic reasons, as foreign competition undercut their markets.

Others, such as Imber on Salisbury Plain and Tyneham in Dorset, were requisitioned by the military.

We also visit villages that were flooded to form reservoirs, so that water could be supplied to the large conurbations of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The film also includes the strange tale of Penybanc in South Wales, which was the victim of subsidence caused by mining.

Villages have also been sacrificed in the constant demand for improved transportation.

Charlton near Bristol was bulldozed to make way for a lengthened runway at Filton.

Moorswater in Cornwall was demolished when a new road was built in the 1970s.

To prove the point that this story has parallels with the present, our journey ends at Sipson, which is scheduled to be razed to allow a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

This enchanting programme is based on Henry Buckton’s best-selling book and is enhanced by evocative archive photographs, specially composed music and stunning location film.

Approx. 105 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – 1st Take.