Birmingham Enclosure Bill, 1798

EnclosureGlossary - opens new window was a process by which land ceased to be used on a communal basis and was divided up into individual holdings. Between 1750 and 1830 more than 4,000 Enclosure Acts were passed by Parliament. A petition for a Bill to enclose certain common and waste lands within the parish and manor of Birmingham was successfully presented to the House of Commons in February 1798. The Bill was sent to the House of Lords in May - where it was considered by a committee, of which these are the minutes. The opposition to the Bill by freeholders of the parish is referred to. The Bill received royal assent on 26 May.
HLRO Committee Book, H.L. (16 May 1798)

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