No, I'm not talking Yorick and Shakespeare et al. This is local history.
A hamlet was usually comprised of a manor house, a parish church (if it once used to be a village), and sometimes a few other buildings, often surrounding a farmhouse or a mill. Usually 100 people or less. Think of a village that has shrunk in the wash. The name itself comes from Anglo-Norman hamelette, which harks back to Old French.
In fact, in 18th century France it was once the fashion for rich people to create a hamlet in their garden! complete with rustic houses and farms (and actually very comfortable). Marie Antoinette had one created for her at Versailles, but it contained rather more than rustic buildings; there was a Temple of Love, a grotto, a belvedere, fragrant flowers, meadowland, streams, and lakes. There was even a tower like a lighthouse!
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