The Reasons Why Villages Disappeared : James Bond : Lecture at BRLSI, Thursday 10th March 2022

  1. As George Lazenby was fastening his cufflinks as James Bond in 1969, another Bond was on a mission of a different kind in Worcestershire.James Bond was popping on his cycle clips and riding his moped to work, as the first ever County Archaeologist for Worcestershire. James was just 24 years old when he was taken on to create an archaeology service at Worcestershire County Council. He will share with us his vast knowledge of key aspects of deserted villages :-
  • How to identify them from landscape features, aerial photos and written records
  • Examples of numerous deserted villages in Somerset and further afield, and distribution maps of their location.
  • Research sources that can help us identify deserted villages, from the Domesday Book and a huge range of civil and religious records, to changes in place names.

The talk is taking place at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN on Thursday 10 March, 7.30pm, with an admission charge of £4 for members, and £5 for the general public. Pay on the door.Illustration: Medieval peasant women harvesting grain alongside a man, from the Luttrell Psalter, c. 1325-1340. Courtesy of the British Library, public domain