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Communal space, often within a village, subject to regulated or stinted grazing rights which belonged to the inhabitants, especially if they had a property fronting on to it. Only community buildings such as the church or smithy could be erected on the green and the village stocks and public well might also be found there. Village greens seem to have made a comparatively late appearance in the landscape, dating to the 12th century ad onwards.

Subjects: History — Archaeology.

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