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Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Departments, and related bodies: Enclosure Awards

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Departments, and related bodies: Enclosure Awards

This series comprises enclosure awards and awards of regulation of commons under the Enclosure Acts 1845 to 1899.


The list of awards is arranged in alphabetical order under the appropriate county. The name of the common or parish in which the land to be enclosed lay is given, together with the date, month and year of each award. Usually, the related map is bound up with the award. Where two awards for the same parish or common occur, they have been allotted separate piece numbers.

Related Material:
For orders imposed after 1964 affecting Welsh commons, see BD 1
Reference to more recent schemes involving Welsh commons can be found in BD 3
For enclosure awards relating to lands held by the Duchy of Lancashire see DL 45
Records of the Enclosure Commission can be found in MAF 39
Separated Material:
Occasionally, the map has been separated for conservation reasons and given a map extract reference, which is noted in the list. In such cases, the award and map should be ordered under their respective references.
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Board of Agriculture, 1889-1903
Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1903-1919
Copyhold, Inclosure and Tithe Commission, 1851-1882
Land Commissioners for England, 1882-1889
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1919-1955
Physical description:
1134 roll(s)
Publication note:
See Enclosure Awards (PRO Records Information Leaflet 86).
Administrative / biographical background:

The standing Inclosure Commission was appointed to work through assistant Inclosure Commissioners and Surveyors. They were to carry out local enquiries in each case of the proposed enclosure and if the enclosure were sanctioned by parliament on the commission's recommendations, they were to be responsible for the actual work of enclosure and allotment.

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