A medieval settlement that had been hidden for years beneath the waters of a reservoir has now been discovered thanks to the warm weather.
This Summer brings Exciting Findings
This summer, there has been a great deal of worry about the heatwaves, and protracted hot and dry spells that have affected most of the UK, but not all of it.
It’s clear from this that if we don’t take immediate action, human-induced climate change will continue to be a severe problem.
If climate change is not stopped, extreme heat and droughts could start to occur often, even in more northern regions of the world.
But in this case, the heat and drought have revealed something extremely intriguing: a village in North Yorkshire that was buried behind a reservoir.
A historic settlement that had been abandoned for the last time when the reservoir was constructed in the 1920s can be found beneath Scar House Reservoir in the Nidd Valley.
A portion of it, including old home ruins that normally reside on the bottom and are hidden from view, is only revealed when the weather is at its driest.
It has a long history because the medieval farming hamlet of Lodge, which was supervised by a local monastery controlled by Cistercian monks, was close by.
A Historical Moment
The village has been empty for perhaps a century.
The hamlet is estimated to have had 1,250 residents before the reservoir was built. But in the early 20th century, the good people of Yorkshire needed water, so the village was flooded and a dam was built.
This is not a unique tale to Scar House, as numerous other towns and villages all around the nation were cleared to make way for huge reservoirs.
The summer of 1995, when there was a drought and temperatures once more rose, was the final time the settlement was visible.
If nothing is done to stop climate change, we might start to see the village more and more as time goes on.
Even though it’s unquestionably an interesting historical fact, it’s not exactly good news for us.
Yorkshire Water has, incidentally, released a statement against accessing reservoirs even when they are not full.
They said: “People should not be entering our reservoirs to swim, or onto parts that are usually submerged,
“They are functioning reservoirs and do pose a risk to people entering them, including cold water shock, undercurrents, unseen objects and machinery working under the water.”