Keys to the Past

Glossary

Burgage Plots

These are long, narrow strips of land running at right angles to the main streets in medieval towns. They had narrow fronts and long thin courtyards and connecting alleyways at the back. The houses or shops would usually be at the front facing onto the street. Behind them would be workshops and yards. The traces of burgage plots can often still be seen in towns that were laid out in medieval times (1066 to 1540).

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