Where do you think these minutes were recorded?

In the past, most people in Britain lived in the countryside, rather than in cities.

In Anglo-Saxon times, most people lived in small villages made up of wooden houses. Although there were some Roman towns, like Bath, most people continued to live in the countryside throughout the medieval period. The parish (local) church was traditionally the centre of village life, where villagers would gather on Sundays and on festivals. Village life was tough for most people, involving long hours working in the fields.

Even 200 years ago, 80% of people in Britain lived in the countryside. Today, less than 20% of people live in the countryside. Why do you think this is?