Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


The history of British villages


Villages are rooted in the soil. Open field agriculture in late Saxon England went hand in hand with the development of villages clustered around a nucleus of church and manor house.

This settlement pattern gradually spread over a swathe of England from Dorset to Northumberland. Outlying farmhouses were abandoned as their land was incorporated into the great communal fields. Open-field farming never completely took over England. Devon, Cornwall and parts of Essex, Kent and the Welsh borders largely retained the pattern of scattered farms and hamlets. Nontheless the development of villages dramatically changed the English countryside. for more click here

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