Gainsthorpe Medieval Village

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Gainsthorpe Medieval Village is a must if you’re in Lincolnshire!

This historic site is of an actual deserted medieval village and it’s one of the best examples in England.  This village was clearly mentioned in the Domesday Book where it states that it had a windmill and a chapel in 1208 but was deserted by the late 17th century.

Gainsthorpe lies in a field belonging to Gainsthorpe Farm. The typical medieval layout of sunken roads and raised rectangular tofts and crofts is clearly seen in the humps and hollows of the field and the remains of over 200 buildings still stand.

There’s a pair of streets that are parallel to the Roman street to the east suggesting that the village was established in those times.  There’s also a manor house, a fishpond, barns, longhouses and crofts for you to puzzle over.

No one knows why the village was abandoned but legend says that it was a haven for thieves and their corruption led to the villages downfall.  More simple explanations come from the evidence of the Black Plague during that time.

It’s open all year round and entrance is free! 

There is a small car park from where a footpath of about two hundred metres leads to the site.


Gainsthorpe Medieval Village 7 day weather forecast, weather in Kirton Lindsey, Lincolnshire

Expect a temp in the range 3.1℃ to 4.7℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (SW)
Thursday, Dec 09
Expect a temp in the range 2.6℃ to 4.5℃ with wind speed 3.7 m/sec (SW)
Friday, Dec 10
Expect a temp in the range 3.5℃ to 6℃ with wind speed 4 m/sec (SSW)
Saturday, Dec 11
Expect a temp in the range -1.8℃ to 0.8℃ with wind speed 2.7 m/sec (WNW)
Sunday, Dec 12
Expect a temp in the range 9.2℃ to 10.2℃ with wind speed 4.1 m/sec (WSW)
Monday, Dec 13
Expect a temp in the range 10.2℃ to 11℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (SSW)
Tuesday, Dec 14
Expect a temp in the range 8℃ to 11.2℃ with wind speed 6 m/sec (SSW)

Kirton Lindsey weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

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