In The Markenmore Mystery (1922) by J. S. Fletcher, the author was describing Markenmore village:

Markenmore was a place of tiny thatched cottages, set in gardens and orchards, with here and there a substantial farmstead, set back from the road, in its paddock or home-garth; its main feature stood in its midst—a grey old church, whose tower and spire rose high above the elms and poplars that fenced in the churchyard.

I think that the bolded "its" refers to the farmstead, but how can the farmstead, which is the larger thing, be situated in its paddock or home-garth, which is just a part from it?

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    – fabspro
    Apr 10 '21 at 9:08

I believe the farmstead here refers to the buildings on the farm, while the paddock refers to the fenced-in land associated with the farm. The definition in the OED is.

A plot of farmland and the buildings upon it; a homestead; a farmhouse and its adjacent outbuildings.

The third of these possibilities seems to limit the definition of farmstead to just the farm's building, while there could be a lot of additional fenced-in grazing land, which would be the paddock.

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