Villages have changed over time. In the past, most functions were connected with farming and countryside services. People lived and worked in the countryside.
Today, some villages are close enough to urban areas for people to commute to work in the city, while still living in the countryside. This has changed the function of some villages.
|People lived and worked locally||Most people travel to work by car|
|Farm buildings, eg barns||Barns converted to expensive homes|
|Farm workers' cottages||New housing estates|
|Local pub||Restaurant pub with car park for day trippers|
|Church or chapel||Chapel converted to home|
|Village shop and post office||Local shops closed as people drive to supermarkets on the edge of towns|
|Village green and duck pond||Infilling with new developments removes communal spaces|
There are conflicts within rural areas.