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The hamlet of Upper Ogden, in Greater Manchester
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A hamlet is a rural settlement smaller than a village, consisting of a few residential homes, usually without services, shops or a place of worship.[1][2] Groups of hamlets and villages, and their adjacent lands, are organised into parishesSmallest administrative unit in England., the smallest administrative unit in England, known as communities in Wales and Scotland.[3]

The word hamlet is derived from the Old French hamelet.[4]



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