enclosure of land


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enclosure of land:

see inclosureinclosure
or enclosure,
in British history, the process of inclosing (with fences, ditches, hedges, or other barriers) land formerly subject to common rights. Such land included fields cultivated by the open-field or strip system, wasteland, and the common pasture land.
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Before the enclosure of land for cultivation in the 18th century, Wavertree was regarded as a barren wasteland.
My goal was not to uncover fixed truths of highland custom, but to explore how different principles drawn from past and current practices were expressed in words and deeds, and how they were used to legitimate the enclosure of land. There was no single deciding factor, nor was there anything straightforward about it: in the early days, every act of enclosure was an experiment, and enclosers waited to see whether or not their claims would hold.
The chapel is believed to date back to St Trillo - a 6th century saint who established his "Llan", an enclosure of land, in the area of Rhos-on-Sea, above.