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Britain’s lost towns and villages

Matthew Green surveys Britain’s deserted settlements, and considers how they became part of our past

Published: May 2, 2022 at 12:24 pm

Britain is a land full of lost settlements – villages, towns and even cities. Matthew Green explores these deserted places with David Musgrove, looking at their scarred and romantic remains in the landscape, and considering how and why they became lost to time.


Matthew Green is the author of Shadowlands: A Journey through Lost Britain (Faber & Faber, 2022)


Dr David MusgroveContent director, HistoryExtra.com

David Musgrove is content director of the HistoryExtra.com website and podcast, plus its sister print magazines BBC History Magazine and BBC History Revealed. He has a PhD in medieval landscape archaeology and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


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