Enclosure. Enclosure (sometimes inclosure) was the legal process in England of consolidating (enclosing) small landholdings into larger farms since the 13th century. Once enclosed, use of the land became restricted to the owner, and it ceased to be common land for communal use. The politics of space: enclosure in English literature, 1789-1815 . (34-5)6 Over the centuries quite a large amount of land was enclosed in one way or another, . Both are available in our Map and Large Document Reading Room. There is also an online database of The Enclosure Maps of England and Wales which lists . Simon Fairlie describes how the progressive enclosure of commons over several centuries . The overgrazing of English common land has been held up as the One irony of these economies of scale is that when large-scale machinery arrived, . In one area, in Tigray, Irob, 'to avoid profiteering by ox owners of oxenless . . usually in large fields devoid of physically defined territorial boundaries. . As a result, between 1750 and 1830 in England more than 4,000 enclosure Acts were . In rough terms 21 per cent of the land area of Britain was enclosed by . . W. E. Tate, A Domesday of English Enclosure Acts and Awards (1978). D. B. Grigg, 'Small and Large Farms in England and Wales', Geography,48 (1963). 'The Agricultural Revolution in Scotland: Contributions to The Debate', Area, . Christopher Taylor, Fields in the English Landscape, 1975, pp. 141, 143, 144 . parliamentary enclosure not only affected collectively a large area of land, but . reliable estimate of the extent of parliamentary enclosure in England than we have ever . considered in conjunction with those of a large body of historians of the . consequence of the enclosure movement itself.8 To talk about an area of. Enclosure Acts transformed much of the rural landscape and helped to stimulate . In medieval times farming was based on large fields, known as open fields, . just over a fifth of the total area of England, amounting to some 6.8 million acres.