Medieval Settlements

Introductions to Heritage Assets

An introduction to medieval settlements, ranging from individual farms, through hamlets of a few households, to much larger villages.

In addition to these permanent places there were also temporary or seasonal abodes in outlying places associated with activities like summer grazing of the uplands.

Fifty years of study have produced an immense amount of data and interpretation, enabling patterns of settlement types to be mapped. Descriptions of medieval settlements and their development is included.

Medieval settlements have associations with vernacular houses, places of worship, commemorative structures, animal management and field systems.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Description
  • Chronology
  • Development of the asset type
  • Associations
  • Further reading

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 17
  • Product Code: HEAG210


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