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Commons and Common Fields; Or, the History and Policy of the Laws Relating to Commons and Enclosures in England. Being the Yorke Prize Essay of the Un

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 Excerpt: ...Whalley, n. 188). THE POOR. it, very fruitful of corn, now fair lands for coursing. The inhabitants cursed the Duke for those lands so enclosed1." Sometimes however when great lords fell out, honest poor men came by their own. In 1544 it is recorded that hedges and dikes erected by a mesne lord were thrown ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 Excerpt: ...Whalley, n. 188). THE POOR. it, very fruitful of corn, now fair lands for coursing. The inhabitants cursed the Duke for those lands so enclosed1." Sometimes however when great lords fell out, honest poor men came by their own. In 1544 it is recorded that hedges and dikes erected by a mesne lord were thrown down by his superior, under a claim of right of forest, and a complaint that they shut in the deer2. The competition for land by rich men for parks and pastures raised its rent enormously. The Poor Commons in their Supplication complain:--" Such of us as have no possessions left to us by our predecessors can get now no ferme tenement or cottage at these men's handes, without we pay them more than we are able to make." The rents are "much greater than hath of ancient time been paid for the same grounds." Sir W. Forrest urges that--"These raging rentis must be looked upon And brought unto the old accustomed rent, As they were let out 40 years agone. Then shall be plenty, and most men content; Though great possessioners list not assent: Yea--better it were their rents to bring under, Than thousand thousands to perish for hunger"; for now "What he" (the rich man) "unto his clampes catch may The poor man thereof no piece shall come by Cow Leys, horse grass, or one load of hay"; and again "Both lordships and lands Are now in few men's hands, # # # With so many sheep masters That of arable ground make pastures. # # With commones and common ingenderes, Inclosieres and extenderes3." 1 Leland, Itin. vn. 75 a. Whitaker's Craven, p. 525. 3 Vox Populi, Vox Dei (1549). Ballads from MSS., p. 117. Indeed the evil was felt to be so national, that the following prayer was inserted in one of the Liturgies of E...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150435416
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 66
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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