The town of Lantern Yard symbolizes the change that Silas Marner
undergoes when he is betrayed and loses his faith in his home community and in God. Early in the book, the parish at Lantern Yard is a tight-knit, devote community, representative of the type of faith Silas Marner exhibits. He is committed to his belief in a benevolent God and trusts his safety and innocence to this God. Once he is falsely accused, his flight from Lantern Yard symbolizes his emotional separation from others with a literal physical separation. At the end of the novel, Marner returns to Lantern Yard a changed man, only to find that Lantern Yard has changed too and is virtually unrecognizable. Marner has a new faith that is no longer centered on a God who he thinks he can understand. The church community in Lantern Yard has vanished. The advance of manufacturing in Lantern Yard represents the change that is so feared by the villagers of Raveloe
, and serves as an ominous indication that the Industrial Revolution will cause great changes across England.