This is a 20th-century transcription of the 1795 Enclosure Act
Skidby Enclosure Award
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The civil parish of Skidby encompasses Eppleworth and Raywell and takes in parts of Cottingham, Little Weighton, Kirkella and Willerby. Skidby was probably founded by the invading Danes around the year 892 AD and the name underwent various changes, being first recorded as Skidby in 1566. The Enclosure Awards in the late eighteenth century consolidated strips in the open fields into more compact units as well as being used to divide and privatise common lands. This ended traditional rights of the common man who could no longer use common land to graze his animals.
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