Wharram Percy

According to wikipedia, Wharram Percy is a deserted medieval village (DMV) site on the western edge of the chalk Wolds in North Yorkshire, England.  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 in 1948 by Professor Maurice Beresford of the University of Leeds. It is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book 1086as Warran or Warron.

Chris & I first visited Wharram Percy some years ago and enjoy the almost one mile hike in from the parking lot to the WP site. The foundations of a number of buildings have been excavated over the years. The main attraction though is the ruin of The Church of St Martin. I love the HDR photo seen here. The church is typical of most parish churches in England of the time and was added to over a number of decades after the original church was erected. A number of headstones are evident outside the church but unfortunately none are still legible. The Wharram Percy site lays on the Wolds Way hiking route and we saw a handful of backpackers at the site while we were there.

My mother stayed in the car while we explored WP. The above door, which I doubt to be original, was still of interest to me photographically mainly because the arched stone work around it. Likewise the arched glassless window below also caught my eye. The stone work from that time period is simply amazing.

We spent about 30 minutes revisiting the WP site before heading back up the hill to the car park where my mother was snoozing in the car. We continued on our Sunday drive, arriving back in Filey around dinner time.

We saw this country farm house along one of the secondary roads in East Yorkshire. The colorful flag, ivy covered walls and threatening skies all made for a great photo opportunity.

Today’s last photo is from our trip to Burton Agnes Hall earlier yesterday. This is one of the ornate door knockers on a security door to the hall. Looked pretty neat against the white door.