Some communities along the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada, developed as linear villages, as is still clearly seen in Champlain, Quebec.

A linear village, or linear settlement,[1] is a small to medium-sized settlement that is formed around a transport route, such as a road, river, or canal. Initially the houses were all built on one side of the route. Wraysbury, a village in Berkshire, is one of the longest villages in England.

A linear village may have no obvious center, such as a road junction or green. The route probably predated the village and then 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. Places such as Southport in England developed in this way.

A linear village is in contrast with ribbon development, which is the outward spread of a town along transport routes.


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