In 1812 the main local landowners secured an Act of Parliament for the enclosure of common land in Bitterne, Weston and St Mary Extra. After a series of meetings in the Royal Oak Inn, Itchen Ferry, the commissioners made their awards based on a survey and map carried out by John Doswell Doswell. The commissioners specifically reserved as a public open space the present Freemantle Common, it being designated “part of Bitterne Common unenclosed”.
Enclosure, Shirley Common
In the 1820s the trustees of Gifford Warriner’s estate and the Atherley family came together to promote an Act of Parliament for the enclosure of Shirley Common, the Act finally being passed in 1829. The survey was carried out by John Hayward who held meetings in the Star Inn. John Doswell Doswell laid out boundaries, carriageways, bridleways and footpaths. In 1830 the land was allotted to individual ownership.
Guide to Enclosure in Hampshire 1700-1900, by John Chapman and Sylvia Seeliger. (H/pq)
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