Agricultural Enclosures: the major phase, 1760 onwards

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Historical Context Essay

This essay is divided into five parts which together give an overview of the socio-economic organisation of farming from Anglo-Saxon times to the nineteenth century, focusing particularly on the enclosure of land.

1. Medieval agriculture before the enclosures, circa 900-1200

2. Agricultural enclosures, circa 1200-1660

3. Agricultural enclosures, 1660-1760

4. Agricultural enclosures; the major phase, 1760 onwards

5. Later Enclosures, 1816 onwards

The “enclosures” is a general term for the change in agricultural practice from the collective farming of large open fields, which was used in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval times, to the modern system of …

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Clark, Robert. "Agricultural Enclosures: the major phase, 1760 onwards". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 September 2004
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