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Encyclopedia Organisations Rurality


A hamlet is a small human settlement. In different jurisdictions and geographies, a hamlet may be the size of a village or may be considered to be a smaller settlement or subdivision or satellite entity [URL=/help/org/rural:hamlet][…][/URL]

. Sphere: territorial. Possible outlets: Village / Lordship / Sheikhdom.

Religious foundation

A religious foundation or convent is a community of priests, religious brothers, religious sisters, monks or nuns. The foundation has no monastic vocation, it is therefore more open to the world than the [URL=/help/org/rural:rfound][…][/URL]

. Sphere: territorial and spiritual. Possible outlets: Commandery / Priory.


A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town (although the word is often used to describe both hamlets and smaller towns), with a population typically [URL=/help/org/rural:village][…][/URL]

. Sphere: territorial. Prerequisite: Hamlet. Possible outlets: Town / Lordship / Sheikhdom.


A priory is a monastery, usually subordinated to a more important abbey; it is placed under the authority of a prior, himself dependent on a more important abbot. [URL=/help/org/rural:priory][…][/URL]

. Sphere: territorial and spiritual. Prerequisite: Religious foundation. Possible outlets: Commandery / Abbey.


An abbey is a type of monastery used by members of a religious order under the governance of an abbot or abbess. Abbeys provide a complex of buildings and land for religious activities, work, and housing. [URL=/help/org/rural:abbey][…][/URL]

. Sphere: territorial and spiritual. Prerequisite: Priory.

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