Lecture: Common land – origin, loss and survival

at Marlborough Road Methodist Church and on Zoom

Speaker: Dr Frances Kerner

In this talk, Dr Kerner will explore the origin of common land and explain how it was governed through the manor court. It will show why much common land was lost through enclosure and how a reversal of thinking and legislation led to registration of surviving common land in the twentieth century.

Dr Kerner is the Open Spaces Society’s Commons Re-registration Officer, making applications to re-register waste land of a manor as common land under Part 1 of the Commons Act 2006. The work involves extensive manorial research. Successful applications add land to the register of common land, confer protection and give the publica right of access. The Open Spaces Society was formed in 1865 as the Commons Preservation Society. It continues to campaign for the protection of common land for the benefit of the public.

Attendance is free to members; £5 for non-members.

This talk is available at our usual venue, Marlborough Road Methodist Church, and is also being live-streamed on Zoom . To register, please visit our Eventbrite page.

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