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Today it is called ‘enclosure’ , then it was universally referred to as ‘inclosure’ and I have followed the same usage. Various aspects of the topic are covered in general detail in the first four sections whilst in the “Inclosure- the theory” section I look at how a hypothetical inclosure was actually undertaken. In the Inclosure- the practice section I look in detail at four inclosures that John Martin undertook at Plush, Rampisham, Chilfrome and Child Okeford. In the parish by parish section I give an overview of the other inclosures he was concerned with.

The Open Field System.

Why Inclose ?

Dorset’s Fields in John Martin’s time.

Who’s Who in inclosure.

Inclosure -the theory.

Inclosure – the practice.

Inclosure -parish by parish.