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disafforest

to reduce land from the status of a forest to the state of ordinary ground.
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Hoyle, ed., The Estates of the English Crown 1558-1640 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992): Joan Thirsk, "The Crown as Projector on Its Own Estates, from Elizabeth I to Charles I," 297-352; Richard Hoyle, "Disafforestation or Drainage: The Crown as Entrepreneur?" 353-88; and Peter Large, "From Swainmote to Disafforestation: Feckenham Forest in the Early Seventeenth Century," 389-417.
Centuries of afforestation, disafforestation and royal charters had divided England's hunting land into a complex network of forests, chases, warrens, parks, and purlieus each with their associated, and highly specific, legal status, as well as an army of different courts and officials to preside over disputes.
The total area afforested was still increasing in the earlier part of the reign of Henry II (r.1154-89), but in his later years he permitted a limited amount of disafforestation (reducing the legal status of forest to that of ordinary land).