Laxton in Nottinghamshire is unique among the villages of England. It is the one place which has retained the medieval ‘open field’ system of farming down to the present day.

This site explores aspects of life in Laxton between 1635 and 1908. Despite the fact that Laxton was never fully enclosed, it was a typical example of a Midlands open field village and its history can therefore shed light on life in hundreds of similar places.