There are a number of villages, living and reconstructed which give us an insight into the villages of earlier times. The earliest of these is a reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon village on the footprint of an actual excavated village at West Stow in Suffolk. Cosmeston Medieval Village in South Wales is also a reconstruction. St. Fagan’s - just the other side of Cardiff from Cosmeston - is part of the National History Museum of Wales and is worth visiting if only for the beautifully restored and repainted parish church. Lacock in Wiltshire and Laxton in Nottinghamshire, both living villages, are also worth a visit.