Archaeologist Ben Robinson explores the story of the village from Norman times to the present day
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churches, castles, market places and cottages, the English village is a magnet for
This cosy, picture postcard image is a snapshot
of England which is recognised across the globe.
But the story of the village from ancient times
to the present day is not one of sleepy rural idylls. It is a story of purpose, persistence and power.
Ponds and Power – The Story of the Village’ looks at how some of England’s
greatest villages have evolved over time.
What is a village?
The dictionary just tells us its a place larger than a hamlet, but smaller than a town.
Presenter Ben Robinson looks at how England’s greatest villages have evolved over time from Norman strongholds to early industrial communities.
Read the full feature about the hidden history of the English village
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