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Settlement Morphology and Medieval Village Planning: A Case Study at Laxton, Nottinghamshire

Settlement Morphology and Medieval Village Planning: A Case Study at Laxton, Nottinghamshire

Settlement Morphology and Medieval Village Planning: A Case Study at Laxton, Nottinghamshire

Challis, Keith

Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, 106 (2003)

Abstract

Examination of early maps of Laxton reveal a settlement with a regular plan-form, which might indicate that the village was a planned creation, perhaps laid out in a single episode. The date and origin of such planned villages, of which Nottinghamshire has a number, is unknown. In Laxton’s case it is possible that the layout of the planned village may be linked to the sudden increase in significance of the settlement gained by the appointment of its feudal lord to the office of Keeper of Sherwood Forest. This paper critically examines the evidence for the village plan-form, focusing on events that may have served as a catalyst for a regularly planned settlement.


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