Encyclopedia > Village

  Article Content


A village is a human settlement commonly found in rural areas. It is usually larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town. Villages have been the normal unit of community living in most areas of the world throughout its history, up until the Industrial revolution and the ongoing process of urbanization.

Although many types and organizational patterns of village life have existed, the typical village was small, consisting of perhaps 5 to 30 families. Homes were situated together for sociability and defense, and land surrounding the living quarters was farmed.

In England the main historical distinction between a hamlet and a village is that the latter will have a church, and will therefore usually have been the worship centre of a parish. A village will not, however, have a regular market.

See also

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article

... 1500s - 1510s 1520s 1530s 1540s 1550s Years: 1495 1496 1497 1498 1499 - 1500 - 1501 1502 1503 1504 1505 Events January 5 - Duke Ludovico Sforza recaptures Milan, but ...