Laxton in Nottinghamshire is famous for being the last English village to operate the open field system of farming. The Earls Manvers managed the Manor of Laxton until 1952 when Gervas Evelyn Pierrepont, 6th Earl Manvers, sold the Laxton estate to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The estate has been in the hands of the Crown Estate Commissioners since 1981.
This map was annotated by K.C. Edwards and J.D. Chambers. Kenneth Edwards C.B.E. (1904-1982) was a lecturer in the Department of Geology and Geography at University College, Nottingham, from 1926 to 1934, and Head of the Department of Geography at the College, later the University of Nottingham, from 1934 until his retirement in 1970. He founded the 'East Midlands Geographer' periodical in 1954.
Jonathan David Chambers (1898-1970) was born and brought up in Nottingham, graduating from the University College in 1919. After some years as English master at Ashby Grammar School, he became lecturer in history in the Department of Adult Education at the University College. He was awarded his Ph.D. in 1927. His connection with the University was interrupted by a return to Ashby Grammar School during the War, but in 1946 he became head and later Professor of the Department of Economic and Social History, a post which he held until his retirement in 1965. His publications included 'The open fields of Laxton, Notts', in Transactions of the Thoroton Society 32 (1928), and 'Laxton : the last English open field village' (London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, c.1964, new edition 1979).