Dormitory, Resort or Something In-between?

Over the last two weeks we have visited two very different villages.  Charmouth is a resort settlement on the Dorset coast.  Balsham is a dormitory settlement close to the town of Cambridge. This week it is your turn to do some investigating.

Charmouth and Balsham both have a primary school and two pubs, but Charmouth has far more shops and cafes, even though its permanent population (from the last census – 1352) is actually slightly less than Balsham’s (1591).

So, choose a place near you to investigate.  I recommend that you choose a village, rather than anything bigger, as to investigate thoroughly you will need to go down every street, preferably on foot. 

If you can find a village with a similar population size to Charmouth and Balsham, then you can compare with the information that I have given you about those places.

Is your village just a regular village, or is it more like a resort settlement (lots of shops and services) or more like a dormitory settlement (very few shops and services)?  And if it is a dormitory, where does everyone go to work?

If you have signed up to receive worksheets from me, check your inbox today.  You should find a recording sheet to help you investigate your village.  If you want to sign up, scroll back up this page and fill out the form in the sidebar.

Do post your results on the Facebook post for today’s blog.