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Enclosure stories: narratives from Northamptonshire

McDonagh, Briony; Daniels, Stephen


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Professor Briony McDonagh
Interim Director of the Energy and Environment Institute & Professor of Environmental Humanities

Stephen Daniels


This paper rethinks and revises enclosure narratives, thickening the concept of enclosure by researching a particular place and period: the English Midland county of Northamptonshire in the period between the 16th and the 19th centuries. It argues that while many elements of the landscape were dramatically reshaped by enclosure, the parliamentary enclosures of the late 18th and early 19th centuries were nevertheless part of a much longer process of landscape change. The paper points to the complexities within enclosure thought and experience, drawing particular attention to individuals and groups - including female landowners, ordinary villagers and animals - too often entirely written out of the 'enclosure story'. © The Author(s) 2012.


McDonagh, B., & Daniels, S. (2012). Enclosure stories: narratives from Northamptonshire. cultural geographies, 19(1), 107-121.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2012
Deposit Date Oct 6, 2020
Journal Cultural Geographies
Print ISSN 1474-4740
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 1
Pages 107-121
Keywords Enclosure; Improvement; Landscape; Narrative; Riot; Women; Vermin
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