Taylor, C. C. (1968). Medieval and later fields and field shapes in Dorset. Proc Dorset Natur Hist Archaeol Soc 90. Vol 90, pp. 249-257.

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Medieval and later fields and field shapes in Dorset
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Proc Dorset Natur Hist Archaeol Soc 90
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Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society
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90
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249 - 257
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Dorset fields were enclosed during three main periods - medieval, 16th to mid-18th cent, and post-mid-18th cent - from three types of open land: former open field arable, forest or heathland, and downland. Four classes of field shape are noted: long strips, extremely irregular, generally rectangular, or markedly geometric (the last always attributable to parliamentary enclosures). In enclosures from (A), open field arable, long C- or reversed-S shaped fields result from enclosing one or more individual strip holdings; similar but larger (up to 20 acres) shapes can result from enclosing whole furlongs after village abandonment. (B) forest or heathland, was assarted either piecemeal around existing open field, or on a larger scale by lords or officials; but such assarting is usually documented only in Royal Forests. Much medieval enclosure of (C), downland, can be presumed, but documentary support has not yet been found in Dorset, though it has in Wiltshire. Post-medieval downland enclosures are typified at Piddletrenthide, where large sub-rectangular fields (up to 25 acres) centre on an early 17th cent farm. Much more detailed work is needed.
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C C Taylor
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1968
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Subrectangular Fields (Auto Detected Subject))
Medieval (MIDAS)
Medieval (MIDAS)
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Early 17th (Auto Detected Temporal)
Medieval (MIDAS)
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05 Dec 2008