Godwick deserted village
The deserted village is part of an English Heritage protected landscape. Practically that means we as custodians of the village have to leave it in as natural a state as possible, but ensure that the grassland is grazed by sheep, so visitors can make out the contours of the land and imagine how the village used to be before it was finally deserted in the 1700s.
Information boards around the village guide visitors around the site to explain the landscape features and what they represent. The only architectural features that remain are the remnants of the Saxon church steeple and Godwick Great Barn, which was built at a time when the village was in permanent decline in the 1590s. This interpretative map helps.
Godwick is open to public all year round and there is a visitor’s book to sign and leave comments and you can also leave comments and suggestions about how we can improve the site as an experience for visitors. Maybe we should add picnic tables picnic tables or have more information boards? Please let us know what you think would improve the experience. It’s a stunning landscape… we have lots of photos and paintings that are testimony to that!
To find out more about the village, check out this article on abandoned communities by Stephen Fisk.