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Common land
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1. Concept

Common land (also: common, commons) was legally speaking land within a manor that was not privately owned but communally (pasture, woodland, rights of way, watercourses). Farmland and meadowland in the fallow period (Fallow) before and after tillage was subject to temporary common land use. Economically speaking, this was productive land that was extensively farmed, and hence was in common use, as distinct from the intensively and individually farmed fields and meadows.

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Zückert, Hartmut, “Common land”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016731>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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