Seltso (rural locality type)

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Seltso (Russian : сельцо́; Polish : siołko) was a type of rural locality in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Russian Empire.

In the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the term referred to a small standalone khutor (hamlet), which often served as a unit into which a volost was subdivided. [1] On the territory of Russia proper, this type of settlement was most common in Smolensk lands. [1] The population of a typical seltso tended to be quite small, often limited to one or several families, or sometimes even just one person. [1]

In the later periods, the term was used to refer to a peasant settlement without a church around a landowner's estate. [1]

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