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In the case of settlements built along a route, the route predated the settlement, and then the settlement grew up at some way station or feature, growing along the transport route. Often, it is only a single street with houses on either side of the road. Later development may add side turnings and districts away from the original main street.

A linear settlement is in contrast with which is the outward spread of an existing town along a main street.

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Linear villagesEdit

A linear village[1] or a chain village[2] is a village that is also a linear settlement.

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