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Discovering a village. (lots of images)

While the good lady has been doing her Zumba-ing and Pilates-ing classes I've been visiting the site of a nearby deserted medieval village called Overgrass. It's been an interesting little project and an illustration of what you can find in some of these unremarkable little corners of our country.

The name "Overgrass" is Old English and derives from either "ofer" (shore brink or margin) or ufere (upper) together with "gares", a triangular field. The old Northumbrian for "grass" was "gars" or "gers" so the name has become "Overgrass". The village lay on the bank of the Swarland Burn, in a flat bottomed valley at the entrance to a steep sided dene.

At some stage the village became disused, maybe plague, maybe just it was no longer viable The only survivor of the medieval village is a 14th/15th century Tower House situated by the river. These are fortified dwellings usually with a vault to keep the beasts in. It's completely ruinous and being eaten by trees except for the vault. English Heritage have just begun conservation work on it, so hopefully it'll survive.

The vault. Note - the dead sheep is there for scale



This is the tree-devoured wall on the other side of the vault.



More like Undergrass Tower!



Upstream of the tower house is a weir/dam which supplied the head of water for a corn mill a hundred metres downstream.

The weir is over 2 metres high and, unusually, has a vertical downstream face. It has been renovated sometime in the 19th/20th century as there is a concrete cap along the top.



It's badly leaking, I wonder how long it will last? The Environment Agency were sniffing around the last time I was there, maybe it'll get fixed.



It holds back a large quantity of water, so it'd be a spectacular little flood if it collapsed.



At one end is an old fish ladder, which has been renovated at the same time as the rest of the weir. It starts and finishes on dry land except during major floods. Presumably this was to encourage fish to walk.



The upstream side of the weir slopes gently, I'm not sure for how far. I want a for balancing along to here, it was very slippy




Internet documents show that the mill was operational in the early 18th century, and there could well have been a mill here in medieval times. The mill is not marked as such on the OS maps so I was expecting just grassy humps. This was backed up by the fact that from 100 metres away all I could see was trees. But after a battle through bogs and general undergrowth I was pleased to see that there is quite a lot of it left. I would like another for struggling through dense nettles and Giant Hogweed which came over my head and concealed a baffling array of trouser-ripping barbed wire fences .

This was the living accommodation, the mill was to the left where a large part has fallen down.



The wheel house is quite well preserved.



But it is oh so overgrown.





I can thoroughly recommend these exercises, except for maybe the nettles. Green wellies are a must as farmers don't seem to mind you ignoring "private" signs if you have wellies on, and anyway there is always a lot of plodging involved.
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Re: Discovering a village. (lots of images)

An amazing and informative thread and a super set of images. I hope you didn't get assaulted by all the nettles!

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Re: Discovering a village. (lots of images)

A great thread and photos, you never know whats lurking in the woodland!
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Re: Discovering a village. (lots of images)

Excellent shots and splendid narrative to accompany them. It looks like a very evocative place, all the more so in its present ruinous state. A fascinating post.

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Re: Discovering a village. (lots of images)

Super set and good storyline It seems a strange place for a sheep to die?
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A fascinating set. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Discovering a village. (lots of images)

Very nice. A slight Urbex/decay feel too.

If I didn't have the tear between needing a clean slate for work and getting caught "trespassing" I'd be much more tempted to give it a go.
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Interesting story and evocative photos, thanks John.

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Re: Discovering a village. (lots of images)

Thanks for the comments everyone

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... It seems a strange place for a sheep to die?
What are you suggesting

It was dead, the shot was taken last year and there's a little pile of bones there now.
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Very interesting, thanks for sharing!
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This is no less than a stunning set, John. There are some beautiful details in the masonry and the setting is pure magic. Your commentary brings it all together.
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Re: Discovering a village. (lots of images)

he he...I was thinking the same....kind of a novel idea...carrying a dead sheep around just in case its useful to throw into a scene for scale!
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Re: Discovering a village. (lots of images)

I love the millhouse, that's special.
Swarland Burn eh?
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he he...I was thinking the same....kind of a novel idea...carrying a dead sheep around just in case its useful to throw into a scene for scale!
For all we know it's a plastic model sheep a couple of inches long

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