Parish, community and social relations in Cobham

John Gurney

in Brave Community

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780719061028
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700747 | DOI:
Parish, community and social relations in Cobham

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This chapter describes the Parish community and social relations in Cobham. The parish of Cobham, where the Digger movement had its origins, was a large, irregularly shaped parish of a little under 5,300 acres, with a population in 1649 of around five hundred. The northern parts of the parish lay principally on Bagshot sands, while London clay predominated in the south. Cobham had a dispersed pattern of settlement, and this was reflected in the administrative division between the three things of Church Cobham, Street Cobham and Downside. The holdings of customary tenants in Cobham typically included scattered parcels of land in the common arable fields and more substantial parcels of old enclosed ground, as well as more recent encroachments from then commons and wastes. Cobham's tenants had experienced prolonged periods of conflict with their manorial lords and uncertainties over the future ownership and control of their manor.

Keywords: Parish community; social relations; Digger movement; manorial lords; Cobham; customary tenants; parish of Cobham

Chapter.  14765 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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