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The Chronology of English Enclosure, 1500-1914

J. R. Wordie
The Economic History Review
Vol. 36, No. 4 (Nov., 1983), pp. 483-505
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Economic History Society
DOI: 10.2307/2597236
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2597236
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

This article puts forward the vie that there was more enclosure of land in England during the seventeenth century than during the eighteenth, or indeed at any other time in English history. Areal calculations are used to show that England was already at least 75 per cent enclosed in I760, but only 47 per cent enclosed in I600. The counties of Durham, Leicestershire, and Wiltshire are examined in detail to provide supporting evidence for the case put forward for the seventeenth century, and enclosure rates over the whole country are calculated for each century from the sixteenth to the nineteenth.

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