But Laxton, with its 14 working farms, is a historical anomaly, the only village in Britain still to practise the medieval open-field system.
Seems to be true though.
The strips within the fields have also changed significantly, with changes in technology. Originally, a single strip would have represented approximately a single day of ploughing; such a strip today would be far too small to be really practical for a tractor-drawn plough. Instead, over time, strips have been consolidated to provide workable parcels of land; the result today is that the average strip size has increased significantly over mediaeval times. However, the practical aspects of open field farming are still very much what they would have been 500 years ago.
Marx being both right and wrong: technology of production doesn\’t necessarily determine forms of ownership or tenure. Although it does influence aspects of the organisation of them.