Enclosure Maps and Records for Family Historians (309)

Tutor: Liz Carter

Maps and records detailing the enclosure of open fields and common land in England and Wales are valuable resources for your family history. After 1760 over 5,100 Parliamentary Enclosure Acts affected more than 6.5 million acres. The maps and award records are one of the best sources of information on land ownership, tenure and landscape change. Enclosure affected thousands of rural families, pushing some people off the land and into the towns, where enclosure issues were key to urban development.

This short course presents the background from Tudor emparking to the Victorian town building boom and, through the use of case studies, demonstrates the family history research value of enclosure records. In addition, you will discover connections and links with familiar sources and view the context of your ancestors’ lives from a new perspective.

The picture shows an extract from an 1849 Enclosure Map of Upwood in Huntingdon.

Lesson Headings:
  • The Enclosure Process: history and controversial issues
  • Parliamentary Enclosure: The maps and awards
  • Urban Enclosure: The development of the suburbs
  • Links from the Enclosure Award and Map

each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat session per week. See How the Courses Work.

STUDENTS SAID: "The course was excellent, well written and well directed"

Relevant Countries: England, Wales

Course Length: 4 weeks
Start Date:   2014
Cost: £39.99

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