Wharram Percy/Glossary

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In this glossary you will find historic terms with a short explananation:


Common land (deutsch: Allmende) is land owned collectively by a number of persons, or by one person, but over which other people have certain traditional rights, such as to allow their livestock to graze upon it, to collect firewood, or to cut turf for fuel.

Common landW-Logo.gif(English)

Manor House

A Manor house is a relatively small country house which belonged to gentry families. Bigger ones looked like castles and small palaces.

Manor houseW-Logo.gif(English)

Ridge and Furrow

Ridge and furrow is an archaeological pattern of ridges and troughs created by a system of ploughing used in Europe during the Middle Ages, typical of the open field system.

Ridge and furrowW-Logo.gif(English)


A villeinW-Logo.gif(English) was a peasant (tenant farmer) who was legally tied to a lord of the manor in the feudal system.

False Friend villain = Bösewicht

Wattle and Daub

Wattle and daubW-Logo.gif(English) is the construction method where you

  1. put up big wooden posts as a frame
  2. weave willow banches and twigs into a wall
  3. smear clay and cow shot into the gaps (wind-proof)

See also