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Pitton & Farley,1810.


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The Bill was introduced on the 5th February 1810 and notes that there were “several open and common arable fields, Common Downs, Common Pasture and other Commonable lands” in the parish and Mr Chute and Mr Penruddocke Wyndham were appointed to over see the inclosure. Wyndham was a busy man as he was also overseeing the Bishopstone inclosure. The Commissioners were Richard Webb and, once again, William Jennings Jnr.

Pitton and Farley were chapelries of the main parish, Alderbury and the lord of the manor was the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral. In practice the manor had been leased to the Earl of Ilchester, Henry Fox-Strangways although he also owned land in his own right. Overall some one thousand one hundred and thirty nine acres were inclosed. On the tithe map there is also one Ann Jennings a probable relation of William who was a landowner there as well.

The first entry for this inclosure came in May 1810.

9th May 1810

Pasting Paper for Pitton and Farley”

Pasting paper was a common occupation in the diaries up until 1838 when it is likely that he delegated the job to others. The main part of the survey did not take place until the end of the year however,

3rd September 1810

Pitton and Farley Inclosure meeting The Spread Eagle #### 11 o’clock I did not attend this Meeting Bishopstone Map Scaling

24th October 1810

preparing to set off for Farley in the Evening

The next day he did indeed set off for Farley and sleeping at Salisbury and

26th October 1810

Arrived at Farley about 12 o /clock went round the bounds of the Manor

The next day he,

27th October 1810

Begun Measuring [fine weather] Thomas Parsons & Boy for the Chain

But then fell ill with a bad cold,

28th October 1810

At Farley Bad Cold never worked

29th October 1810

Out all day Measuring T Parsons and Levi Parsons as before – cold still very Bad

30th October 1810

Out all day Levi Parsons and his Cousin for Chain cold no better

31stOctober 1810

Out all day T Parsons & Levi again cold no better

The Parsons family owned land in the parish. It is not known who Levi was but there were two Thomas Parsons in the parish at the time of the tithe commutation in 1839. The first was a farmer born in 1776 and his son born in 1801. The reference to Thomas Parson and Boy indicates it was the older of the two who helped Martin. Meanwhile John seems to have got a bit better as between the 1st to 7th November he was “out all day” with no mention of his cold. It seems that Pitton and Farley was not particularly high up on the list of his priorities. He had not attended the meeting in September and was to miss another in November,

20th November 1810

Pitton and Farley Meeting at 10 o’clock I did not attend

This inclosure took over 9 years before the award was finally enrolled. It probably did not matter much to him but many inclosure acts stipulated that the Commissioners must complete the process within an agreed time scale. If they did not they would be penalised usually by a cut in the daily rate they were paid. An interesting foot note to this award is that those wishing to inspect the award should not pay more than one shilling.

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