Enclosure awards were made by Commissioners appointed under Private and Local Acts or the General Inclosure Acts. They relate to enclosure of either open fields and meadows or commons, heaths, greens and forests, or land of both types. For enclosure agreements, the Act 29 Geo.II, c.36 (1756) permitted the lord and tenants of any manor to enclose common land by mutual agreement for planting and preserving timber. Such agreements were to be enrolled with the clerk of the peace.
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