Jane Austen's attitude to Land Enclosures
Posted by Caroline on February 05, 1998 at 21:00:18:
In response to JA, slavery, land-enclosures, written by Helen on February 04, 1998 at 07:05:42
Jane Austen once wrote a letter enquiring whether Northamptonshire was a 'country of Hedgerows'. No-one has ever made very much of this, but to me it rings a bell. You see,Georgian enclosures were done with hedgerows, not Ha-has, or stone walls. And Northamptonshire suffered more enclosures than almost any other county in Jane Austen's time.(over 35% of all land was enclosed between 1760 and 1820)I find it interesting that the counties which she puts her 'good' people in- Hertfordshire, Kent, Derbyshire, Surrey, are all counties that suffered very little from this in Georgian times.(they are all below 10%)
Source of information for this is some work I did way back in Uni(it's finally becoming useful!)but the primary source is probably Hansard, the journal of the Houses of Parliament, for those years.
- WoW! Thank you for this info! (nfm) gkb 11:35:29 2/06/98 (0)
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