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Sign up now. Rats were very common in towns and cities and lead to the Black Death of to Towns might use pigs to eat what rubbish there was. Water was far from clean as a local river would have been polluted with toilet waste thrown into it from villages both upstream and downstream. Therefore, as people would have used this as a source of water they had no other choice and because people knew little about health and hygiene, disease was common.

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Life expectancy could be short. As homes were made of wood, fire was another danger in a town or city. Walking in a town at night could also be dangerous. Though towns had a curfew a time when everyone had to be in their homes no town had a police force to deal with those who broke the law. Building in a Medieval town was expensive as land cost a great deal. That is why many Medieval houses that exist today appear odd in that they have a small ground floor, a larger second floor and an even larger top floor as builders built up and out. This kept the cost down. A two-floored town house with the top floor over-lapping the ground floor. Shops attracted people to a town. The shops also doubled as a home for the craftsman that worked in it. The text in this article is available under the Creative Commons License.

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Inside the walls: exploring medieval towns. Article written by: Alixe Bovey Published: 30 Apr Medieval towns were vibrant hubs of activity, housing an array of people from political and spiritual leaders to traders, craftsmen, inn-keepers and brothel owners. Here, Dr Alixe Bovey explores what went on inside city walls. City walls Normally enclosed by protective walls, access to medieval towns was regulated through gates.

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London: the largest city in England Around , the majority of people in Europe lived in the countryside. The social scene Who lived in towns? Written by Alixe Bovey Alixe Bovey is a medievalist whose research focuses on illuminated manuscripts, pictorial narrative, and the relationship between myth and material culture across historical periods and geographical boundaries.

Her career began at the British Library, where she was a curator of manuscripts for four years; she then moved to the School of History at the University of Kent. Share this page. British Library newsletter Sign up to our newsletter Email.