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Laxton, Nottinghamshire

Laxton in Nottinghamshire is the only village in England which is still run on an “open field” system. This was the system in the Middle Ages, whereby each farmer had strips of land in each of the village’s fields. This meant that each farmer had a share of the good and poor land, but they had to work cooperatively to agree on which fields would be cropped and which would be left fallow.

Although the farms have been modernised, they still occupy their sites on the streets as they have done for centuries. All the farms have one or more barns.