Parliamentary enclosure, vermin and the cultural life of English parishes, 1750-1850

Cragoe, Matthew and McDonagh, Briony (2013) Parliamentary enclosure, vermin and the cultural life of English parishes, 1750-1850. Continuity and Change, 28 (1). pp. 27-50. ISSN 0268-4160

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Abstract

This article explores the impact of parliamentary enclosure on the cultural life of English villages after 1750. It focuses on parish-sponsored vermin control, arguing that the popular ‘hunting’ sanctioned by parish vestries under Tudor legislation, and persisting into the early nineteenth century, created a highly participatory recreational culture which continued to exist under the radar of the game laws. Using a sample of parishes from the heavily enclosed county of Northamptonshire, the article demonstrates that this communal activity survived the reworking of the landscape by parliamentary enclosure, and that, by extension, the level of disruption to village cultural life was less than has been suggested.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: vermin, shooting, sparrows, moles, hedgehogs, john clare, Northamptonshire, hunting
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA090 Antiquities. Social life and customs. Ethnography
Depositing User: Matthew Cragoe
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2013 06:48
Last Modified: 21 May 2013 13:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23402
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