The structure of the village reflects its history of farming in the Open Fields. Rather than the more familiar scene of a farm house set among its fields, Laxton has the dwellings clustered at its heart with the fields surrounding the village. In mediaeval times farmers had to walk to their strips and so the dwellings needed to be equally close to them all.

Where the size of the Open Fields has been reduced over the years by partial enclosure, new farms have been created on the outskirts of the parish and they adopt the more familiar pattern with fields in a ring fence around them. One such is Brockilow Farm to the south of Laxton beside the road to Kneesall.

Many of the farm houses were built on a corner stone and have no foundations. Some of the walls show the green skerry stone of the local area forming their lower parts with brick additions higher up.

Most of the houses have pantile roofs, but slate is also seen on properties which, historically, would have been more important. The older houses and barns typically stand end on to the road, a good example being the village shop which is still in a room of a house. The original secondary school is now in use as the Village Hall.

Being an arable farming area, each farm would have had its threshing barn. These can be recognised by the ventilation holes and the large barn doors on opposite sides, lifted above the ground to create a draft when threshing.