Our latest Curiosity of the Week is a deserted village, and (possibly a) former den of thieves, which can be found in North Lincolnshire.
The deserted Gainsthorpe Medieval Village may at first glance look like a few bumps in a field, but it is in fact thought to be one of the best preserved examples of its kind in the country.
The reason it was abandoned remains a mystery, but there have been plenty of theories discussed over the years.
Legend has it that the village was demolished by locals for being an infamous den of thieves. However, the village could have been cleared to make way for sheep pasture, lost its economic viability, or simply declined in population after outbreaks of the Black Death.
Today, looking through the bumps and tufts of grass, visitors can still make out where the streets, houses and crofts once stood. It is free to visit Gainsthorpe Medieval Village and it can be accessed any time during daylight hours.
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