Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Enclosure'
- artifact consisting of a space that has been enclosed for some purpose
- the act of enclosing something inside something else [syn: enclosing, envelopment, inclosure]
- a naturally enclosed space [syn: natural enclosure]
- something (usually a supporting document) that is enclosed in an envelope with a covering letter [syn: inclosure]
- Inclosure \In*clo"sure\ (?; 135), n. [See Inclose,
Enclosure.] [Written also enclosure.]
- The act of inclosing; the state of being inclosed, shut up, or encompassed; the separation of land from common ground by a fence.
- That which is inclosed or placed within something; a thing contained; a space inclosed or fenced up. Within the inclosure there was a great store of houses. --Hakluyt.
- That which incloses; a barrier or fence. Breaking our inclosures every morn. --W. Browne.
- Enclosure \En*clo"sure\ (?; 135), n.
Inclosure. See Inclosure.
Note: The words enclose and enclosure are written
indiscriminately enclose or inclose and enclosure or
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Enclosure'
Enclosure or inclosure is the process which was used in order to end some traditional rights, such as mowing meadows for hay, or grazing livestock on land which is owned by another person, or a group of people. In England and Wales the term is also used for the process that ended the ancient system of arable farming in open fields. Under enclosure, such land is fenced (enclosed) and deeded or entitled to one or more owners. By the 19th century, unenclosed commons had become largely restricted to rough pasture in mountainous areas and in relatively small parts of the lowlands.
"Enclosure" is the modern spelling, while "inclosure" is a much older spelling still used in the United Kingdom in legal documents and place names.
The process of enclosure has sometimes been accompanied by force, resistance, and bloodshed, and remains among the most controversial areas of agricultural and economic history in England. Marxist and neo-Marxist historians argue that rich landowners used their control of state processes to appropriate public land for their private benefit. This created a landless working class that provided the labour required in the new industries developing in the north of England. For example: "In agriculture the years between 1760 and 1820 are the years of wholesale enclosure in which, in village after village, common rights are lost".[See more about Enclosure at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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