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Inclosure Act 1773

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20 Persons having right of common may depasture sheep instead of other cattle.E+W+S

And whereas many stinted common pastures in this kingdom are fed and depastured by horses, beasts or neat cattle, and in many instances it would tend to the improvement of such common pastures, and to the better manuring and cultivation of the arable lands in common fields, or otherwise, to which such common pastures may belong, if the same were fed with sheep: It shall and may be lawful to and for the major part in number and value of the persons having right of common in such common pastures, at any meeting to be held in pursuance of notice in writing under the hands of a major part of such owners and occupiers of such common pastures, or persons having right of common therein, to be affixed on the principal door of the parish church of the parish where such common pastures shall lie, or of the nearest parish church where such lands shall lie in an extraparochial place, ten days at least previous to such meeting, specifying the time and place and intent of such meeting, by writing under their hands to alter and change the manner and custom of feeding and depasturing such common pastures, so far as, instead of horses, cows and other cattle, to allow the same to be fed and depastured with sheep, at the option of each person respectively having right of common, and to limit and stint the number of sheep each such person having right of common in such common pastures shall respectively feed and depasture thereon, in due proportion to their respective stints or rights.

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