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Beyond a village(qv) comes a town.

In general (in England),

  • a town will generally have been deliberately "founded", and may well have a foundation charter (even if, as in the case of London, the original town has expanded to envelope local villages);
  • whereas a village has one church, a town will have more than one;
  • a town will generally not be the "property" of one noble: a noble may reside there, but it is more likely that the town is governed by a council, of aldermen.

A town may be a borough, in which case there will be land-owning inhabitants, who are 'burgesses

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