Tag Archives: landowners

‘To venge the common right’

On the night of 6 March 1866, 120 navvies marched from Tring Station to Berkhamsted Common in Hertfordshire to fell the unlawful fencing erected by the landowner Lord Brownlow.  To celebrate the 150th anniversary of this event the National Trust … Continue reading

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Memories of Michael Meacher, friend of the access movement

Yesterday, 4 November, Michael Meacher would have been 76.  He was a true friend of the access movement.  When Labour won the election in 1997, Meacher became Minister of State for the Environment.  Despite being a very un-Blairite left-winger, he retained … Continue reading

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Back in tune

Twenty years after I helped to save the path through Sydmonton Court, close to Watership Down in north Hampshire, from closure, I returned to find that it was as lovely as ever. The music millionaire Andrew Lloyd Webber bought Sydmonton Court, … Continue reading

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Hard-won access in the Wolds

A band of chalk sweeps south west to north east across England, from the Dorset coast to Flamborough Head in North Yorkshire.  So the Yorkshire Wolds, in East and North Yorkshire, are part of the same seam as the Chilterns, but the two … Continue reading

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Bodmin Moor: completing the jigsaw

In November 1993 the Bodmin Moor Commons Bill, a private bill promoted by Cornwall County Council, entered parliament.  It was ill-conceived and driven by money: the council wanted to create a body which could be legally responsible for managing the … Continue reading

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In the steps of the navvies

In February 1866 the trustees of Lord Brownlow’s estate enclosed part of Berkhamsted Common in the Hertfordshire Chilterns with iron railings, unlawfully excluding those with common rights, and the local inhabitants who traditionally visited the common and cut fern and gorse for use … Continue reading

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Creech Jones’s failed attempt to win access

Arthur Creech Jones, who died 50 years ago today on 23 October 1964, is remembered in our circles as the MP who got the Access to Mountains Bill 1939 on the statute book.  Unfortunately by the time parliament had finished … Continue reading

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