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WHARRAM PERCY Deserted Medieval Village

Famous and fascinating deserted medieval village, in use for 5000 years and definitely occupied for at least 600 years before being abandoned in the 16th century. There is not much to see except the ruined church and the outlines of houses and streets, but it's an intriguing place and there are some good information boards.

Use a map.  It is a walk of about 3/4 mile over an uneven path through farmland from a car park off the B1248 - can be muddy.

Free entry.  Absolutely no facilties whatsoever.

Location/Address: SW of Wharram-le-Street
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO17 9TD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Wharram Percy DMV
Tip/Nearby: Not far from Malton
Primary Management: English Heritage
West Port, St Andrews

Said to be the best preserved city gate in Scotland, West Port was built in 1587 and renovated in 1843. St Andrews was never a walled city - more than anything, the gate is a mark of civic pride.

Location/Address: Junction of South Street and Bridge Street
St Andrews
County: Fife
Post Code: KY16 9EG
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Tip/Nearby: St Andrews Castle, Cathedral, Blackfriars Chapel, University Museum
Primary Management: Historic Scotland

Large, chambered, tomb dating from around 3,650BC.  Five burial chambers which once contained the remains of approx 50 people - you can enter the tomb.  Visit whilst seeing Avebury nearby.

Location/Address: Near Avebury
County: Wiltshire
Post Code: SN8 1QH
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: West Kennet Long Barrow
Tip/Nearby: Very limited parking. Close to Avebury - park there and walk.
Primary Management: English Heritage

West Kennet Avenue is the remains of what was once 100 pairs of standing stones linking Avebury with the Sanctuary.

Location/Address: Avebury
County: Wiltshire
Post Code: SN8 1RD
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Tip/Nearby: Avebury
Primary Management: National Trust

Wells is England's smallest city. The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, or Wells Cathedral, is dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle and is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. There has been a church on the site since 705AD, but the Cathedral itself was built between the 12th and 15th centuries. The astonishing west front displays the hierarchy of heaven - originally, it would have been painted in bright colours. Inside, the grace of the nave is enhanced by the beautiful scissor arches (pictured), installed to prevent a tower collapsing in the 14th century. Then there's the famous Wells Clock - said to be the oldest clock mechanism in Britain.

Outside, don't miss the Bishop's palace next door (especially the garden) and Vicars Close, a 15th century street - said to be the only original medieval street left in England.

Location/Address: Cathedral Green
County: Somerset
Post Code: BA5 2US
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Well's Cathedral's website
Tip/Nearby: Bishop's Palace and Garden, Vicars Close
Primary Management: Church authorities

The Wellcome Collection is a medical museum that grew out of the Wellcome Trust, a global charity which, amongst other things, is a huge funder of medical research. The Wellcome Trust was established by the will of Henry Wellcome, a US Anglophile who co-founded the pharmaceutical firm Burroughs Wellcome (later absorbed into GSK). Wellcome was also an avid collector - anything from mainstream artwork to the bizarre - many of his items are now in the Science Museum. The Wellcome Collection includes two permanent displays, 'Medicine Man' about Henry Wellcome, and 'Medicine Now'. Its temporary exhibitions include an eclectic mix of art, history and somewhat off-the-wall - all with a medical bent - check its website to see what's on. There is also access to the Wellcome Library, a collection specialising in medicine and its history which includes many rare and unique items.

Location/Address: 183 Euston Road
County: London
Post Code: NW1 2BE
Main Historic Period: All
Useful Website Address: Wellcome Collection website
Tip/Nearby: Almost opposite Euston Station - very handy for somewhere to visit just before you travel north or as you arrive in town.
Primary Management: Other
Waylands Smithy

Waylands Smithy is a Neolithic long barrow, a burial site, dating from 3600-3400 BC and built in two phases. The remains of 14 people have been found from Phase 1. Phase 2 had been robbed but the remains of 8 bodies have been found. The site has long been associated with the Saxon folk figure-god, Wayland the Smith. The story goes that if a traveller left some money and his shoeless horse overnight, he would return to find his horse shod and the money gone. Waylands Smithy is accessible from the ancient Ridgeway footpath.

There is very limited parking on the closest road, Knighton Hill. More reliable is the NT car park for White Horse Hill - about 1.25 miles away - Waylands Smithy is signposted from there. A circular walk can also take in the White Horse of Uffington, Uffington Castle and Dragon Hill.

Location/Address: Ashbury
County: Oxfordshire
Post Code: SN7 7QN
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: The legend of Wayland's Smithy
Tip/Nearby: White Horse, Uffington, Tom Brown's School Museum
Primary Management: National Trust

Ruin of a large 14th century house, opposite the church, and home to the wealthy and powerful rectors of Warton, who also used the building as a court.  It was abandoned and in ruins by 1721, but part of it was occupied as a cottage into the 20th century.

Location/Address: Main Street
County: Lancashire
Post Code: LA5 9PH
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Imagine if George Washington had been Lancastrian
Tip/Nearby: Visit St Oswald's church opposite for associations with the Washington family.
Primary Management: English Heritage

Memorial to Scottish hero Sir William Wallace, who was executed nearby in 1305. The memorial was set up in 1956.

Post code is approximate - memorial is on the wall of St Bart's Hospital.

Location/Address: West Smithfield
County: London
Post Code: EC1A 9DS
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Wallace Memorial, Smithfield
Tip/Nearby: Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield Market

A small museum dedicated to Violette Szabo GC, British SOE agent during the Second World War, who worked against the Nazis in occupied France until her capture by the Gestapo. She was shot in Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in 1945, aged 23. Violette's story was told in the 1958 film, Carve Her Name With Pride. The museum is in the grounds of a small house where Violette stayed several times and was established by her aunt, Rosemary Rigby MBE.  The museum also covers the work of SOE, the Special Operations Executive, in general as well as the stories of other agents.

Location/Address: Cartref
Tump Lane
County: Herefordshire
Post Code: HR2 8HN
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: A bit about Special Operations Executive
Useful Website Address: Violette Szabo museum website
Tip/Nearby: Hereford, Ross-on-Wye
Primary Management: Other
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