Over the centuries many villages in Britain have been abandoned. This book describes the natural and man made causes of depopulation, from coastal erosion to the closing of major mining enterprises. Descriptions are given of villages when they were at their height and the way of life of their people. In each case the process of abandonment is traced in vivid detail. Evidence from archaeology and historical records is summarised, and for more recent abandonments the accounts of former residents are quoted. Abandoned Villages is well illustrated with maps, and photographs of villages before and after they were abandoned. It will appeal to all who have an interest in the history of Britain. It will inspire readers to visit the sites of abandoned villages, near their homes perhaps, or as they travel around Britain.