By Henry Buckton

In Britain there are greater than 3000 misplaced villages--once thriving groups that fell sufferer to the pressures of ailment, undefined, and social and political switch. diminished to ivy-clad remnants nestled in valleys and woodlands, or to weather-worn ruins on moorland and coast, all are echoes of a former age and evoke a traditional interest as to who lived in them, what existence used to be like there, and what brought on their decline. within the misplaced Villages, bestselling writer Henry Buckton makes a range of a few of the newer misplaced villages from round Britain. Combining infrequent pictures, own examine and the thoughts of these who knew the groups ahead of their dying he has been capable of piece jointly their story.  the result's an interesting and well timed checklist  of vanished groups whose tales may in a different way quickly be misplaced for ever.

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But on the positive side, the overhanging cliffs offered the village protection against westerly gales. The only reason why a village would be built in such an unlikely location is because the livelihood of its occupants depended on it – and Hallsands depended on fishing. Along the rocky coastline between Hallsands and Salcombe, there are few places from which fishermen could operate, let alone live. Then there was the little matter of Skerries Bank, a veritable garden of Eden for fishing folk, still today fished for sole, mackerel, gurnard, bass and other varieties of fish, which absolutely abounded here in offshore depressions known as ‘pits’.

The catches would be mostly mullet and bass during spring and early summer, and mackerel in late summer. Only certain fish would be suitable for crab bait, so the remainder would either be eaten by the local families, sold to hawkers who would take them around the nearby farms and hamlets, or would be sent to London by train from Kingsbridge seven miles away where it would largely end up in Billingsgate market. Only bass, mullet and salmon were sent up-country: mackerel deteriorates quickly and would have been immediately sold locally.

He gave up farming at Croydon in 1876 and went to live at Timberscombe in a house he had built himself, just opposite the chapel. However, by 1900, attendance at the chapel had dropped away, and the reasons for this mirror the situation at Clicket: basically, economic depression and depopulation was beginning to take their toll. Local mines and slate quarries were closing and the reports from the circuit pastors spoke of young people, often entire families, moving away to seek a better life elsewhere.

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