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enclosure (inclosure)

n. land bounded by a fence, wall, hedge, ditch or other physical evidence of boundary. Unfortunately, too often these creations are not included among the actual legally-described boundaries and cause legal problems.

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As capitalist agriculture expanded, bringing with it the enclosure of land that was once commonly held, laboring women, who had been the direct beneficiaries of a loose system of property ownership, lost out.
The remains were damaged in recent centuries, when a succession of laws about enclosure of land created a demand for stone to build walls around fields.
There was great prosperity around 1400 with the growth of the wool trade and again with the enclosure of lands. However towards the end of the nineteenth century falling wheat prices and an exodus to the towns caused many houses to become dilapidated.