Photographer's Note

Wharram Percy is a deserted medieval village (DMV) on the western edge of the chalk wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The site is about one mile south of Wharram le Street and is clearly signposted from the B1248, Beverley to Malton road.

Wharram Percy is perhaps the best known DMV in the whole of England, although there are several others which are in a similarly good state of preservation. The reason for its celebrity is that it was researched each summer by combined teams of archaeologists, historians and even botanists, from circa 1950 to 1990 following its identification as a DMV by Professor M.W. Beresford, of Leeds University, in 1948.

There is a small English Heritage car park. A footpath from it, of about half a mile, leads to the DMV where, in a valley, one sees first an empty brick building and then the shell of Saint Martin's church. There are informative signs by English Heritage throughout the, approximately, thirty acre site.

The church of Saint Martin continued to be used for several centuries more, but congregations declined sharply when a new, more conveniently situated church was built in neighbouring Thixendale in 1870. It gradually became dilapidated and when the lead from the roof was stolen, its fate was sealed. Part of the tower fell down in early 1960 after a storm.

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