Definitions for "Burh"
Language: Old English See: Borough / Burhgemot
Saxon stronghold; literally a "neighborhood".
A fortified village or lordly residence with administrative responsibilities. Fortifications included palisade walls, ditches, and earth works surrounding the enclosed buildings. King Ælfred (r 871-899) decreed during his reign that such a burh be established every 40 miles apart throughout Wessex so that in times of emergency the entire populace would be within 20 miles -or a day's journey by foot - of protection. Some burhs were reused Iron Age and Roman forts, but many were built new during Ælfred's reign.
Keywords:  burg, see
See Burg.