Ancient village reappears hundreds of years after being lost underwater

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By Asiya Ali

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An ancient English village has emerged from the depths of the reservoir it was sunk under a century ago.

The medieval village in North Yorkshire was flooded in the 1920s and was run by a Cistercian abbey before being traded to private owners during King Henry VIII's reign in the mid-16th Century, per the Daily Mail.

But now remains of the village, including a centuries-old bridge, have been revealed due to the effects of the recent heatwave in the United Kingdom.

The latest images of the village were taken by local resident Nichola Barningham, who spotted parts of the abandoned village whilst she was out walking.

Check out images of the village below:

The resident shared the images on her Facebook page, writing: "We went for a drive out today to Scar House Reservoir. It was so low we’ve walked along lanes that possibly haven’t been walked on for 100 years. And old houses that are now showing."

The last time the village was seen was during the summer drought of 1995 and it's been revealed that no one has lived in the village for around a century. Barningham's images show us buildings and gate posts, as well as old doorways, and dry stone walls.

Before the reservoir was constructed, it is believed that 1,250 people lived in the settlement. However, people from the town needed water during the early 20th century which led to the village being flooded over and a dam being established.

While the revelation of this village is no doubt an intriguing part of history - it's not exactly delightful news. It is a sign of the ramifications of climate change and how we might be seeing more of the village if something isn't done.

Yorkshire Water issued a statement earlier this year to warn people about the risks of entering reservoirs even when they are not filled.

The company wrote: "Yorkshire Water continues to see people entering its 130 reservoirs on a daily basis, despite warnings about the dangers reservoirs can pose, such as cold water shock, hidden undercurrents, and operating machinery."

Ash Roberts, public safety and safeguarding manager, also shared: “People entering our reservoirs continues to be a daily occurrence, whether that be those intending to swim or people deciding the water looks inviting."

"We know as the weather improves the frequency of people getting into the water will increase and we are backing the NFCC campaign in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers to open water poses," Roberts added.

Featured image credit: Michael walters 2 / Alamy

Ancient village reappears hundreds of years after being lost underwater

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

An ancient English village has emerged from the depths of the reservoir it was sunk under a century ago.

The medieval village in North Yorkshire was flooded in the 1920s and was run by a Cistercian abbey before being traded to private owners during King Henry VIII's reign in the mid-16th Century, per the Daily Mail.

But now remains of the village, including a centuries-old bridge, have been revealed due to the effects of the recent heatwave in the United Kingdom.

The latest images of the village were taken by local resident Nichola Barningham, who spotted parts of the abandoned village whilst she was out walking.

Check out images of the village below:

The resident shared the images on her Facebook page, writing: "We went for a drive out today to Scar House Reservoir. It was so low we’ve walked along lanes that possibly haven’t been walked on for 100 years. And old houses that are now showing."

The last time the village was seen was during the summer drought of 1995 and it's been revealed that no one has lived in the village for around a century. Barningham's images show us buildings and gate posts, as well as old doorways, and dry stone walls.

Before the reservoir was constructed, it is believed that 1,250 people lived in the settlement. However, people from the town needed water during the early 20th century which led to the village being flooded over and a dam being established.

While the revelation of this village is no doubt an intriguing part of history - it's not exactly delightful news. It is a sign of the ramifications of climate change and how we might be seeing more of the village if something isn't done.

Yorkshire Water issued a statement earlier this year to warn people about the risks of entering reservoirs even when they are not filled.

The company wrote: "Yorkshire Water continues to see people entering its 130 reservoirs on a daily basis, despite warnings about the dangers reservoirs can pose, such as cold water shock, hidden undercurrents, and operating machinery."

Ash Roberts, public safety and safeguarding manager, also shared: “People entering our reservoirs continues to be a daily occurrence, whether that be those intending to swim or people deciding the water looks inviting."

"We know as the weather improves the frequency of people getting into the water will increase and we are backing the NFCC campaign in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers to open water poses," Roberts added.

Featured image credit: Michael walters 2 / Alamy