Enclosure maps

Enclosure awards (with maps) relate to the enclosure and allotment of open fields and meadows or commons, heaths and greens. They were made by commissioners appointed under Private and Local Acts in the 18th century and the General Inclosure Acts of 1836 and 1845. Most enclosure records were created between 1760 and 1820. Their main aim was to register the change from ancient methods of agriculture, common pasture and open fields to more modern forms of land ownership and cultivation. The awards describing these changes and the detailed maps that were drawn up to depict them are, therefore, a very accurate record of land ownership in Surrey two hundred years ago. The maps also show the new road layouts that were often made as part of the enclosure process.

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