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In the 14th and 15th centuries the provision of lodgings altered the plans of palaces, castles, and manor houses. Whole new ranges were built to accommodate retainers as well as guests and their retinues. At the same time, urban terraces provided lodgings for vicars‐choral, chantry priests, and students at universities. In the 19th century the word became associated with the rooms rented by migrant or unmarried workers in industrial towns.

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